By Ty H. Phillips
Andrew Peers new book, The Path of Celtic Buddhism is a much needed work on a path both beautiful and controversial.
It is a unique glimpse into a road little known and mostly obscured by myth and distortion by a true wordsmith and master of the craft. His imagery is awe inspiring and the story is both humorous and touching. It is an open look at the naked soul of a man, a friend, a questioner and a teacher; and oddly it is the perfect addition to the crazy wisdom tradition as Andrew (Dru) is quirky and bright, sober and clear, transparent, yet opaque.
The work begins much like many pseudo autobiographies, demonstrating the life and chaos of a man; all men and women, searching, pleading, questioning and rebelling. As the story unfolds it is also a teaching text—a series of stepping stones in understanding what Celtic Buddhism is and what it is not and what it is capable of being within the minds and paths of each one of us.
His gift for writing is clear as he catches us up in beautiful prose and descriptions and yet grounds us in a path that is open and airy. As a teacher he is comforting and as a man on a path of Vajrayana, he also leaves us feeling off kilter in the most important of ways. The ways that lead us not to his answers and conclusions but to facing our own.
This is a great read for people of the Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions. The Pagan, the Christian, the Buddhist, and the doubter of all traditions will find something within that is both provoking and rewarding. There is a sense of a cup of tea with a friend, near roaring fires and the hearty and tipsy laughs of a night at the pub.
Dru opens eyes with his first published work on Celtic Buddhism. One that leaves us hoping he continues with many more!
Editor: Dana Gornall