year of birth : 1939 | place of birth : Zimbabwe, Africa
nationality : African | education : University of Rhodesia with an LL.B
occupation : Author
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Rob Nairn (Robert G. Nairn) is a South African Buddhist teacher, author and populariser. He was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. Nairn is a follower of Tibetan Buddhism, in the Karma Kagyu lineage. Graduating from the University of Rhodesia with an LL.B (Hons) (London), he was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for postgraduate studies in UK and went on to study criminology, psychology and law at King's College London and to receive a postgraduate diploma in criminology from Edinburgh University. He then returned to Rhodesia to become an advocate of its High Court.
Nairn's first contact with Buddhism was with a Theravadin monk in the 1960s, and he trained in this tradition for around ten years. From 1989 to 1993 he took part in part of a four-year isolation retreat at the Kagyu Samyé Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre in Scotland. Nairn was the African representative for the late Akong Rinpoche and is responsible for eleven Buddhist centres in South Africa and three other African countries.
As he was instructed by the 14th Dalai Lama to teach meditation and Buddhism in 1964 and also instructed by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa to teach insight meditation in 1979, Nairn spends much of his time teaching and running retreats in Southern Africa as well as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, the United States, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany.