It was with deep shock and sadness that I heard today of the sudden death of Richard Meyers at the weekend. Our thoughts here at The Buddhist House are with him and with his wife Ruth.

Richard was a lovely man, kind, wise and thoughtful, always smiling, as he is in this photo. His love of nature fed his life and his spirituality. One of my fondest memories of him was when he set up an ecotherapy workshop for me at Islington Nature Reserve where he worked for many years. Besides being expert in his knowledge of the natural world, a deep enduring love of things which grew and flourished in the in-between spaces of urban countryside inspired his spirituality and his art. On this site you will find examples of his poetry which reflects his sensitivity to image and words and to the significance of ordinary things. In remembering Richard I would like to share one of these poems. Please take a few minutes to read this and some of Richard's other poems and to hold him in your thoughts.

David Hockney and

The Art of Seeing:

It was all about seeing

Nature is just there -

Colour is born in the eyeball

Shifting shade triggering

Light and shade alchemical

Constant skipping across form

From canvas to landscape

Over and over the same

Place displayed altered freely

Lit in an on-going flux

Tomorrow becoming yesterday

With today in a fine balance

Eye hand and heart vital to all

Old Chinese sages knew this

And the need to take the time

Necessary in order to see

What was there all along

Spring comes to the woods

As it does in all ways always

Astonishing always the same

Welcome guest arriving

Unexpected unannounced.

Richard Meyers

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Comment by Bob on October 15, 2013 at 7:35
Richard was a wonderful man with a very open heart. Although I didn't know him well, I feel fortunate to have known him at all.
Comment by Jeff Harrison on October 15, 2013 at 22:10

Couldn't agree more - he was a nice guy, someone you could instinctively trust and respect.

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