Kindness makes the giving;
Timing, the decision;
Place, the home.

Goodness, like water,
Gathers in low places.

When there is no competition,
All is well.



There again.
The selfless path,
Through earth and water,
Forever – on.

Arriving first
The sage walk last,
In full bloom,
Not an inward thought,
No self to cling.

welcome, humans

A belated welcome to koan study. It’s gratifying to have a few visitors – and perhaps some of you are not bots.

As well as the regular writings, you may find small reasons to re-visit over in the new sidebar. (Though it may be down below on mobile devices.) There are recent photos and manipulations from my Instagram under “recent stills”. There’s the previously-mentioned koan sound Spotify playlist of “recommended listening”. There are good reads and other useful links from around the web under “input”. And links to the endeavours of friends and acquaintances from around the web under “sangha”.

Finally, there are some contact details. You’re very welcome to send an email to koanstudy [at] gmail [dot] com. I welcome any feedback or suggestions – what you like, what you don’t, or just to tell me a bit about what it’s like wherever you are in the world.

Thank you for visiting.

Categorised as stream


Through the holloway, beyond the wild fields, a patch of ashen earth, an epilogue to a fire. Metal threads, looping to infinity are all that remains. Through sloe and bramble, the path turns and climbs, trod mostly by the shadows of trunk, bough and branch. Next, a homestead: stables (seeming unstable, though), a lilac door, a discarded spool – giant, a basking circle under circle-sun.



Shortcuts to weariness:
The benevolent impulse,
The abundance of speech.
A bellows, though empty,
Is filled with potential.

pirate tv

Last night, Coldcut Pirate TV was as good as to feature hallowed earth in the closing moments of the stream. You can re-play the show on Twitch – hallowed earth comes up around the 2-hour mark.

Thanks to Matt, Dini, and the Pirate TV crew. Pirate TV goes out every Wednesday at 9pm in the UK on Twitch, Youtube, Facebook and Mixcloud.

Categorised as stream