Archive

Search This Blog

Picturehouse



Picturehouse Cinema, Fulham Road, SW10

IMG_2772

Goethe-Institut



Goethe-Institut Cafe, Exhibition Road, SW7

IMG_2763

Exhibition Road



Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road, SW7

IMG_2756

Climate Psychology Alliance
A group of psychotherapists, counsellors and other psychological professionals for anyone interested in making connections between depth psychology and climate change.

Tweet

Royal Geographical Society



Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road, SW7

IMG_2747

Geographical Society



Geographical Society, Exhibition Road, SW7

IMG_2740

Serpentine Gallery



Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park, W2

IMG_2732

Serpentine



Serpentine, Hyde Park, W2

IMG_2679

The Garden Café  . Lambeth Bridge
Fresh and seasonal food, with a focus on simple, quality ingredients.

Hyde Park



Hyde Park, W2

IMG_2637

Eihei Dogen (1200–1253) was the founder of the Soto Zen school in Japan. Following the death of his mother when he was just seven, he became a monk at Mount Hiei, the central monastery of the Tendai school, which was the dominant Buddhist tradition in Japan at that time. But at the age of 23, unable to reconcile the prevalent teaching of "original enlightenment" with Buddhist practice—if we are all originally enlightened, what is the point of practice, he asked—Dogen left Mount Hiei to seek answers in China. There, he received dharma transmission from Rujing, a Chan master, and returned to Japan to teach.

100 Avenue Road



100 Avenue Road, Swiss Cottage, NW3

IMG_2631


Dzogchen Practice



The practice of Dzogchen 

You are already perfect. You are already a buddha. In fact, there’s no difference between your true nature, right now as you sit reading this, and the true nature of the buddha, or any enlightened being for that matter.

Fully Being



Fully Being is a journey of discovery leading to a grounded body, an open heart and a clear mind. In this experiential course Tsoknyi Rinpoche offers unique, powerful and practical tools for traversing the spiritual path that returns to our fullness of being.

Extinction Rebellion



Extinction Rebellion Camden block the traffic on the heavily polluted Finchley Road for 10 minutes.

Ten Minute Protest



Camden 10 Minute Protest

Marriott Hotel



Marriott Hotel, Swiss Cottage

Buddhist Glossary



Buddhist Glossary

Lion's Roar

Buddhists take refuge in three different expressions of awakened mind: buddha, dharma, and sangha. Each of these is a precious and necessary element of the Buddhist path, and so they are called the three jewels. The three poisons - greed, anger, and ignorance - are the energy of ego’s three basic attitudes - for me, against me, and don’t care. All unwholesome states of mind (kleshas) are variations on these three themes.

A - Z

Thought



Thought (wiki)

Thought encompasses an "aim-oriented flow of ideas and associations that can lead to a reality-oriented conclusion".[1] Although thinking is an activity of an existential value for humans, there is still no consensus as to how it is adequately defined or understood. Because thought underlies many human actions and interactions, understanding its physical and metaphysical origins and its effects has been a longstanding goal of many academic disciplines including philosophy, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, biology, sociology and cognitive science. Thinking allows humans to make sense of, interpret, represent or model the world they experience, and to make predictions about that world. It is therefore helpful to an organism with needs, objectives, and desires as it makes plans or otherwise attempts to accomplish those goals.

Hopalong Cassidy



Hopalong Cassidy watch from 1956

Manufactured by Timex, probably at their factory in Dundee, Scotland, in the 1950s.

The Hopalong Cassidy character was a prominent part of the consumer culture in the United States and elsewhere. This Hopalong Cassidy wrist watch is an example of how we became consumed in corporate culture in the 1950s. The Hopalong Cassidy relates to the rise of 'tie-in' products associated with television programmes aimed specifically at children. Hopalong Cassidy originally appeared in novels, but, from 1935, was the star of 66 feature films and subsequently radio shows, comic strips and television, being one of the very first internationally-distributed U.S. television programmes. William Boyd, the actor who played Hopalong Cassidy, bought the rights to the character and licensed a wide range of character tie-ins throughout the world, including this watch.

Harley Road



Harley Road, NW3
IMG_2545

Nāgārjuna (c. 150 – c. 250 CE), (Tibetan: mGon-po kLu-grub) is widely considered one of the most important Buddhist philosophers.

Collage Card



Collage Card from Michael Young

A remix is a piece of media which has been altered or contorted from its original state by adding, removing, and changing pieces of the item. A song, piece of artwork, books, video, poem, or photograph can all be remixes. The only characteristic of a remix is that it appropriates and changes other materials to create something new.

100 Avenue Road



100 Avenue Road, Swiss Cottage

Ayurveda: Ancient Energy Medicine
Deborah King

Over 6,000 years ago in India, during Vedic times, the rishis (enlightened seers) connected to the unified energy field and brought back information on how the body worked and what promoted health, making Ayurveda the oldest form of health care in the world. The Sanskrit term is made up of “ayus,” which means life, and “veda,” which means knowledge or science; thus ayurveda is the knowledge (or science) of life. “Ayu” comprises the mind, body, the senses, and the soul—the whole package of what we call “life.”

Finchley Road



Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage

IMG_2554

Fusee mechanism



Fusee mechanism, Jay's 366 Essex Road

IMG_2569

Clock Repair


Pendulum / Coppelia
51 Maddox Street. W1. 
020 7629 6606
"Box it up, bring it in, I'll send it off (to Cheshire), and you'll get an estimate'. Mon-Fri - 10-6. 
English Fusee wall or bracket clock – timepiece £250 

OR 

James Harris . The Clockworks 
Watch, Clock and Chronometer Repair and Restoration
MBHI Accredited / BWCMG Member / BA (Hons) Horology
Workshop in South London 

BA (Hons) Horology from Birmingham City University; First Class Honors (2012 - 2015) 

James Harris
The Clockworks 
6 Nettlefold Place 
London 
SE27 0JW 



Collaging



Collaging from November 2019 prints

Creative Commons license (wiki)

A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted "work".[note 1] A CC license is used when an author wants to give other people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they (the author) have created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, they might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of a given work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author's work from concerns of copyright infringement as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work.

Card



Card from Roger Tidd
Maybe to read W.G. Sebald, The Rings Of Saturn

Is philosophy therapy?



Is philosophy therapy, or is it simply a search for truth?

Nigel Warburton: There’s been a lot of interest in reviving Stoic philosophy recently, particularly the therapeutic aspects of it. I’m skeptical about this, as in my view philosophy is primarily the attempt to understand, and as such is an activity of enquiry. There’s no guarantee that discovering how things are will benefit us psychologically: it might in fact make things much worse. As Friedrich Nietzsche pointed out, it might not even be possible to confront the deeper truths of reality head-on. That would make human existence unbearable. What do you think?

Jules Evans: Personally, I’m not arguing that all philosophy is therapy, but rather that ancient Greeks and Romans viewed philosophy that way, as did many Indian philosophers. They developed various practical techniques which they said would help transform suffering, that were part of a comprehensive ‘philosophy of life’. These techniques weren’t simply positive thinking, rather they argued that we need to see the world as it is, in all its instability and adversity, and accept it. Some of these techniques have now been rediscovered and tested out by empirical psychologists, who have found that they do indeed transform emotional suffering. I want to communicate this as much as possible, because ancient philosophy really can help people overcome suffering – and that’s to the credit of philosophy, which as you know is a much-maligned and under-funded subject these days. Don’t you think the more we communicate that, the higher philosophy’s standing and relevance in the world will be?

Consciousness, I guess



What's your guess? Consciousness is pervasive, it's fundamental. Everything has experience, in so many different ways. We can learn to reflect upon our experiences; pleasure, pain, visual and auditory. The beings that make up a body, my body, experience, simple life forms, cells, neurones, atoms. A continuum of consciousness. Co-existing. Sensing Body. Re-presented in brain. Moments. Snapshots. Continuum. To know from the inside out. Science knows about matter from the outside of things. Observe. Quantities of things. Things re-presented through mathematics. Qualities of things. To capture taste? Outside of 'science'. Science dealing with quantities rather than qualities of things. Appearance. How things feel. Aesthetics. Physics tell us nothing about the intrinsic nature of matter; what matter is, in and of itself. A hole in the scientific story. Maybe that space is consciousness - the intrinsic nature of matter. Perception of matter / entities. Science from the outside. Matter from the inside constituted through consciousness - intrinsic nature. To know something of ourselves from the inside through consciousness. To something of ourselves from the outside, science. Consciousness unobservable. You can't look inside my head and see my feelings and experiences. I'm conscious of my consciousness. I can ask myself, I can ask you. I can't directly perceive your consciousness. Science can correlate feelings by asking questions and seeing bits of the brain light up on a computer screen - bits of brain correlated with hunger, visual experience, pleasure, pain, anxiety. How to explain these correlations? Why is this or that so? 

Jay's



Jay's, 366 Essex Road, 1968
unknown photographer

Linocut



Jude's linocut print for Stuart

M Hotel



M Hotel, Tower Hill, EC3

IMG_2453

Contemplative psychotherapy (wiki)

Contemplative psychotherapy is an approach to psychotherapy that includes the use of personal contemplative practices and insights informed by the spiritual tradition of Buddhism. Contemplative psychotherapy differs from other, more traditional methods of counseling in that the therapist brings to the therapeutic relationship qualities of mindfulness and compassion in order to help clients access their fundamental goodness and natural wisdom. The practice of Contemplative Psychotherapy grew out of a dialogue between Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Western psychologists and psychiatrists. This discussion led to the opening of the Contemplative Psychotherapy Department at Naropa University in 1978 by Edward M. Podvoll, a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and dedicated student of Trungpa.

M Hotel



M Hotel, Tower Hill, EC3

IMG_2426