In 2008, at the beginning of a tour of Japan, I started a journal. Although on the surface Japan is a very secular and materialist country, the culture has arisen out of a deep spirituality. I felt profoundly enriched by my visits to Shinto and Buddhist shrines and to the Peace Gardens at Hiroshima.
By 2012 my journal had grown into quite a large collection of insights. Having had two major operations for cancer in this period, I felt I should try to write down what I consider to be some the more important entries in a more accessible style than my scribblings. I eventually decided they should take the form of early sutras, short pieces of poetic-prose each dealing with a specific subject. Within a few weeks the whole book was assembled and is now available free as pdf file from this site or as an ebook from Amazon.
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