November 19, 2019

I came across a striking analogy by the great Zen master Dogen,  speaking of balance and equilibrium, and the importance of difference, and introduced it at a recent meditation weekend.  A steelyard (stilyard) is an unequal-arm balance, which works  differently from th...

May 28, 2018

Q Here summer is coming and the beach is getting crowded at weekends. Humming birds are humming, and the gardens are exploding with colours. 

After our last session with Symbolic Encounters, I have been feeling very good. it really works! The images from the session sta...

May 23, 2018

A good Koan, as in the collection of gnomic phrases popularized by Zen,  is an inexhaustible fountain of symbolic resonances. The mind can ponder, play, ruminate and allow unexpected meanings to emerge. Not all koans are passed down by tradition; sometimes the world ca...

February 21, 2018

Metaphorical and sacred symbolism is only of use if it can be related to direct experience. When I finished writing Time and the Sentinel (see Selected Writings), I realised it had to be tested. Such descriptions are always based either on ideas and concepts, or on pas...

July 3, 2017

Q. I’ve read so many books and know all the theory about becoming enlightened, but I find it difficult to respond to what you ask in these sessions…

A   I warn you (seriously)--I am not some ’Enlightened’ being. The truth is simply that I have grasped some things,...

April 18, 2017

Q:  My moments of freshness and creativity sometimes seem like bubbles in my chest, like boiling water, arising into awareness out of nowhere and going back into nowhere. And so I feel lost, and empty.

A:  Bubbles don't come from nowhere. There is a whole heap of proces...

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