Almost Composed

Meditation and curiosity

Sunset Haiku

May 5, 2021

Moon over suburbs. Blazing sun setting behind the church on the hill.

categories: haiku, poems

Haiku vol. 2

May 24, 2020

These haiku were written between the end of last year and the first half of 2020. So they include the first months of the coronavirus lockdown in the UK. The order has been somewhat rearranged from the order in which they were written. I hope they will be of interest to people who like Basho, […]

categories: haiku, poems

Early Buddhist systems map

May 22, 2020

I had a go at mapping early Buddhist practice systematically. It’s over-simplified, of course, despite the fact that I couldn’t get it to look as elegant as I’d wanted. There’s a lot missing, such as the brahmaviharas’ value as concentration and insight practices, and their role in facing off against the hindrances. Some of the […]

categories: philosophy, reflections


If we think critically about critical thinking, we may find that sometimes we need to apply a little faith—not too much, not credulity—in order to get started, give something a chance, make progress, find out for ourselves.

categories: reflections

Underneath the Lake

November 30, 2019

Here’s a collaboration between myself and artist and illustrator, Matt Kelly. Check out Matt’s portfolio.

categories: comics, poems