Author: Andrew "Dru" Peers

Breaking Out of the Deepest Ring of Hell: Right View.

  By Andrew Peers I was brought up a Catholic, but it all fell away within a month or two after leaving home at the age of 18. Christianity simply wasn’t relevant in what I perceived as an urban jungle-world. Leaving home also marked the beginning of a descent into rebellion and antisocial behaviour bordering on the criminal; not drugs particularly, more confrontational behaviour and vandalism. The nickname given me at the time was “Leper” and gives the general idea. Doc Martens, leather jacket studded and tippexed band names like The Damned and The Ramones, peroxide-white hair with green...

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Tartan Buddhas!

  By Andrew Peers Introducing the Celtic Buddhist lineage. I felt a spontaneous affinity with the author even before opening the book. The photo on the back of The Mahasiddha and His idiot Servant showed him smiling disarmingly… with just a hint of mischief in his eyes. He was wearing an aquamarine-blue tartan blanket, with a rakusu* over it in Celtic patterns that melted my heart on the spot. Lately I have thought it would be a lovely idea to make this kind of more formal dress the common sign for Buddhism’s “new-lineage-in-town”, Celtic Buddhism. We don’t need to get too fundamentalist about...

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Hairy Alice in Wonderland: A Trip Down the Meditation Rabbit Hole.

By Andrew Peers Woke up this morning, put my body and mind on and stood up. Opening the window for some fresh air, I bend through the knees a couple of times with arms stretched out at chest level. “Anda… one, anda two, anda… in, anda out… and in…and to hell with this!” The fresh air is still a bit too fresh for pyjamas, so the window is quickly closed again. Then I set my white Anglo-Irish butt down on the meditation cushion. It fits like a porcelain cup on a saucer. Next, the search for the breath. Not...

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The Grace of Meditation.

  By Andrew Peers In his book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1973) the young monk Chogyam Trungpa, friend of fellow Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton, wrote about the dangers of what he called ‘spiritual materialism.’ The materialism of the economy appears to drive souls together in a collection of separate units that forget the social dimension of society. Zen is no exception and often seems annexed by psychology, in turn annexed by the market. What can’t be measured, what you can’t explain, what can’t be conformed to and what does not serve a doubtless very...

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