on 29 October 2007
The French aviator, adventurer, and author Antoine de Saint-Exupery, probably best known for his classic children's book The Little Prince, was also an aircraft designer. He gave us perhaps the best definition of engineering elegance when he said "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
This is an elegant book.
Simple, concise, relevant and very, very lean. Mr. Segal has taken Ockham's razor to his studies and findings of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and Zen Buddhism. A true work of precision.
The essays, poems, one line observations conversations and Ten Oxherding Pictures have a clarity and directness that is wonderful. One page will occupy one for a week.
Unfortunately it is out of print and high prices it commands indicate a book that book owners tend to hang on to. Snap one up when it becomes available and treasure it.
on 1 June 1999
There are many, many books on "Spirituality, "New Age", "Religious Traditions", etc. Most are informative, but few offer substantial help to the seeker. Mr. Segal's book is one of those few. His words carry an energy that calms and opens, their content offers in-sights and practices which truly are helpful.
The presentation is in prose, poetry, sketches by the author, interviews with and by the author, and several photographs.
Practitioners of Zen (and others) will find Mr. Segal's rendering of the Ten Oxherding Picutres --both in prose and sketch -- incredible aids to experiencing the message and guidance they contain. Practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism (and others) will appreciate Mr. Segal's candid interview with Chatral Rinpoche. Followers of the Way of Mr. Gurdjieff will find substantial help throughout the book: in the interviews with Mr. Segal, reprinted from Parabola Magazine, as well as in his prose, poetry and sketches. Even the photographs of Mr. Segal can stir a higher energy within.
A book not to be missed.