2015 Festival | Update 7

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Thank you Heart & Soul Funerals

Heart and Soul Funerals / Green Fuse Bereavement Care, Totnes, Devon, UK

Before I go too far in this update I want to thank our sponsors, Heart & Soul Funerals / Green Fuse Bereavement Care (Simon Smith, Jane Morell, Hannah, Massimo, Ruth and the rest of the team), for their generosity and ongoing hospitality.

We have been using their wonderful space at Riverstone, the Bereavement Centre, for all the solo groups and the rehearsals, which has made all the difference. Thank you.


Tickets are on sale at Harlequin Books, situated at 41 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NP, opposite the Market Square. If  any staff member is unaware of the arrangement, please tell them the tickets are in an envelope, on a shelf just behind the serving counter where Paul takes the money. Ticket prices are written on the envelope.

Running order

Some people wanted to know the running order. You can find the latest version of the programme here. It may be necessary to adjust the order of things in the light of unfolding events. I’ll send out a final running order on Wednesday or Thursday.

Start time

Doors open at 6.30pm. There will be a bar and café for drinks and light refreshments, and the evening’s proceedings will begin at 7.00pm.

Practice and realisation

In the Zen tradition, practice and realisation are one and the same. We don’t attain the goal by practice; practice is the goal and the goal is practice.

Actualisation—when the goal becomes true—occurs from true practice.

A story

Once upon a time there was a monk who was undergoing Zen training. One day, he was practising alone when along came his teacher, who asked, “Brother, your practice is truly admirable, but just what are you trying to accomplish by it?”

“I’m trying to bring about realisation,” he answered, and so the master went and fetched a tile, and began rubbing it on a rock.

The student saw this but didn’t understand. “What are you doing?”

“I’m going to polish it and make a mirror,” the master responded.

“Even if you polish it you can’t make a mirror out of a tile!”

“And you can’t gain realisation by practising.”

We have all been practising, rehearsing, learning our lines. But is has been in the gaps, not the rubbing, in the spaces and in the conversations, in the tears and the moment by moment process of commitment, that the performances, the insights, the moments of recognition of surrender and of connection have occurred. And the performances at the festival are one more step on the journey, another opportunity to practice, with all of you, together.

The creative process

If there is a theme to this year’s festival it has to be the creative process. It has been amazing how, right up to today, people’s scripts keep changing, ideas keep forming, new perceptions keep happening and new deeper understanding keeps appearing.

Spread the word

I know some of you who are reading this are far away and won’t be coming. We will miss you. Thank you for your support too.

And those of you who are coming we will see you at the end of the week. Come, bring friends, spread the word. Make my life easy, go to Harlequin and buy tickets, so I can track progress and plan accordingly.



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