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 […]

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, […]