At some point during your stay in India in the 1970s, you were faced with a choice between the spiritual life and the artist’s life.

Yes, I had to choose between continuing my Buddhist studies and becoming a fully integrated monk and meditator within the Theravada tradition, or trying to do something else with my life. At that time, there were a lot of Westerners trying to find a different cultural context, but I did not want to escape my own history. I was more interested in bringing something into the home mix. In the end, I felt it was my responsibility to come back to Britain ...


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