on June 1, 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.
on March 12, 2001
No other book in quite some time has assaulted the perceptual foundations of conditioned self with such a thud as William Segal's Opening. Clear of all psycho-pompous fluff, the author painstakingly communicates with a minimalist Zen touch the subtle processes unlocking consciousness from the quotidian of programmed mentation. Opening is not so much a literary undertaking as it is a series of loosely connected revelations on psycho-spiritual matters including lyrical parables, conversations with spiritual aficionados, a dialogue with the Tibetan Master Chatral Rinpoche and an exegetic gem on the Buddhist Ten Oxherding Pictures. Opening is a treasure chest of spiritual insights, a testament to a sage realized in the quest to know thy self. Highly recommended for the serious spiritual seeker only.