Vimalakirti Nirdesa

In 1997 I was introduced to the Vimalakirti Nirdesa by my teacher, who gave a remarkable series of eight lectures on them. These lectures have since been transcribed and made into a book – The Inconceivable Emancipation, which were inspired by Robert Thurman’s then recently published translation The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti. It is a…

Great Faith Great Wisdom

While I was living and working at a study retreat centre in North Wales, I encountered the life and teaching of the great Pure Land teacher Shinran. I was fascinated by Shinran’s approach – extreme reliance on Other Power – which seemed to turn everything that I’d learned about the Dharma upside down. At that…

Art of Reflection

The Art of Reflection began life as a study module for a study course within the Triratna Buddhist Community. Originally consisting of six essays, Windhorse Publications asked me if I’d like to expand them and turn them into a book. Over the years, reflection has become my main spiritual practice, and my book The Art…