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This week a stream of content is flowing from the Urban Retreat through URBANRETREAT.LBC.ORG.UK to email, sms,,…


Posted on October 8, 2011 at 5:30pm

An animated introduction to meditation

Visit for a splendid 5 minute animated introduction to meditation by Well worth watching,…


Posted on January 23, 2011 at 11:00am

How do you time yours?

When meditating at home I usually like to have a bells rung to time the stages. I used to use audio tracks exported to an iPod from a free Mac application called Meditation Timer, however recently I found that it wasn't quite flexible enough to incorporate distinct periods at the start and end of a meditation for preparation and… Continue

Posted on January 11, 2010 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment


Vajrasana, working retreat, Autumn 2009

I've just returned from an invigorating working retreat at Vajrasana, where I took these photos between meditation and breakfast one bright… Continue

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

The Mindfulness of Drawing

Last night I attended a local life drawing class for the first time in well over fifteen years (rather unusually it was a Kinbaku life drawing class, if you don't want to see partial nudity or bondage then don't click here to see what I got up to). I was very struck to be reminded of the experience of drawing that I'd so enjoyed decades ago before I had any meditation experience. It was the enjoyment of entering and remaining in a deeply focused… Continue

Posted on August 22, 2009 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

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At 9:32pm on June 15, 2011, Sanghasiha said…
In good company, I surmise.
At 9:38am on August 8, 2010, Saddhasura said…
thanks Ed!
At 9:26am on June 29, 2010, Angela Gallagher said…
Many thanks for the warm wishes :O) I am very much looking forward to starting the course.
At 1:22pm on April 15, 2010, Prasannavira said…
Thanks Ed - good to say hello in person today :o)
At 10:46pm on February 3, 2010, Lawrence Xhamoni said…
Thanks Ed!
At 1:00am on January 16, 2010, Ralph William Manning said…
Salutations Ed!

Truckloads of apologies for this belated reply: may such discourtesy be acceptably offset by a sincere declaration of admiration for your creation of such a creation? Beard's great, too.
Remember - meditatate, integrate, but never, ever, alienate!

All best wishes
At 7:43pm on January 13, 2010, Seyfi Halil said…
Sadhu Ed

I finally made it...

Stay well
At 4:22pm on October 20, 2009, maria holme-slater said…
Hi Ed the date for the talent night is the 14th November ! !
Thanks very much see you after Tiratanaloka
At 10:58am on September 25, 2009, Amitajyoti said…
Hi Ed,
Thanks for the prompt re: pictures on the ning! I'm on the case.... My computer has been at the doctors but its bettter now! In the meantime you can see images of my work at
Warmest wishes
At 10:00am on September 18, 2009, Srivati said…
Hi Ed, I'm trying to find someone who could compile and design a picture CD with captions etc. It's for an Open Circle project that we're just winding up and we can pay you. If this is not for you, can you recommend anyone else please?

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