Brad Warner and Cat Stevens in Glasgow

Had an enjoyable Friday night in Glasgow at a talk by Brad Warner. Brad’s the only Zen Buddhist teacher I know who’s also a punk bassist, worked on monster movies and writes occasional articles on Buddhism for a porn site.  He’s funny and self-deprecating but has a straight down the line serious attitude to Zen […]

In memory of John Crook

Yesterday I was in Weston-Super-Mare for the Buddhist funeral of John Crook. John was a Chan (Zen) master and teacher of the Western Chan Fellowship. His style of retreat and teaching was a unique mix of the orthodox Chan from his own Chinese teacher, Japanese Zen from his first teachers, a wild and shamanistic Tibetan […]

How to write songs (as told by Paul Simon)

This little statement is in the sleevenotes of So Beautiful or So What and, as I get engaged with writing again, it rings as true as any description I've ever heard of the creative process: How do the fingers of this thing entwine? Which foot falls first upon the trail?Is it the word? Is it […]

King James is good enough for me

With this being the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the bible, I’m hearing it a lot on Radio 4 and coming across it in the papers, and am constantly reminded how much I love it, and how much it’s the foundation of our everyday language and literature. You can barely get through […]

Gone sittin’

I’m off to this Zen Retreat Centre in Wales. Just discovered a notebook with some lyrics from a holiday this time last year, which I’d clean forgotten. As usually happens, they look better now than they did at the time.   One of them was an annual attempt at something that’s been brewing for years, […]

Try this

  Some lovely art programmes at here and here by artist and animator Peter Blaškovič from Slovakia. Just drag a cursor across the screen – instant magic!