Monthly Archives: May 2014

Successfully Funded!

With the help of all of our backers, the “East or West” Kickstarter was successfully funded today! Thank you! The book’s publication now moves forward. The proofing is finished, and all is set for the printing in early August. You … Continue reading

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A little bit more about re-enchantment

My two walking pilgrimages have been, both a way to re-enchantment my life as well as a way through which to understand both the processes of enchantment and disenchantment. Elsewhere, I have written that I aim to create art that … Continue reading

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100% funded today!

100% funded today! A Huge Thank You to all my backers! Still 7 days left to pledge! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/east-or-west-walking-a-japanese-buddhist-pilgrimag  

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What we carry

Although Matsuo Bashō never walked the Shikoku pilgrimage, his long, circular, walking journeys, do place him squarely in the tradition of Japan’s holy wanderers. As an artist myself, I love how his list of ‘necessities’ includes inkstone, brush, and writing … Continue reading

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Shikoku and shamanism

Clearly pilgrims from all walks of life embark on their journey around Shikoku for an ever-changing variety of reasons. However, it’s also clear that the pilgrimage is part of ancient ascetic and shamanistic practices in Japan. Carmen Blacker addresses the … Continue reading

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Work moves forward on the book, with the help of the cat, of course…

Great News! Our “East or West” project is the staff pick today on Kickstarter! …In the meantime, work on the book progresses. I’ve gone for the bold choice and decided on the Ruby Red for the end pages. The first … Continue reading

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How do you draw a circle?

When it comes to long pilgrimages, people seem to want to measure the authenticity of a journey with certain criteria that are linked to the pilgrim’s potential level of suffering. They ask questions like: Did you walk the whole way? … Continue reading

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“East or West” Kickstarter Update

The East or West Kickstarter now has 189 Facebook shares. Keep spreading the word! There are only 16 days left in the campaign! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/east-or-west-walking-a-japanese-buddhist-pilgrimag?ref=city

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From “The Minaret of Djam” to “East or West”

In Freya Stark’s The Minaret of Djam: An Excursion in Afghanistan I found an almost perfect evocation of one of the main concepts behind East or West : “The sweet out-of-doors drowsiness wrapped me as if it were a part … Continue reading

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A book of the pilgrimage…A pilgrimage for a book

My last book was on Islamic scholarship in West Africa. East or West is about a Buddhist pilgrimage in Japan. However, despite their apparent differences, the very same thing lies at the heart of both traditions. This ‘thing’ is the … Continue reading

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