Wow… after a long gestation, the website is finally born. Burning Turban comes to life.

It started as an idea I had 2 years ago while I was teaching up in Scotland. It was a beautiful day, everyone was really getting into the meditation, I was loving, the food was lovely, we weren’t producing any damaging by-products, the sea was calm. This is good! i thought and there should be more of this in my life.

So I had the idea of Burning Turban. The name comes from a bit of Buddhist scripture where the Buddha says the need for enlightenment is as urgent as the need to extinguish a turban when it’s on fire. Plus i love the idea of the head bursting into light. There was a line in a poem I wrote when i was young that goes:

Black out! Heaven blazing in the head!
The light is in its chamber
and trails its notes to blind.
I am rectangulated in song.

and that’s rather how i felt. I wanted to be doing a project that lit up my life and the people around me. So I thought it would be great to set a little website that drew those things together: collaboration and meditation

After much dillying and dallying, Stevie (my wonderful webmaster) and I came up with a beautiful internet space where all the other things can glow and grow.

We’ve got 2 beginners courses coming up – one in Devon and one in Oxfordshire – which both still have space. There’s an audio sample of a project for athletes I’ve been working on. There’s a film of the course up in Holy Island. Links to lots of interesting projects. And space for lots of discussion – questions about meditation, problems solving and bringing like-minded people together…


  1. Valerie

    October 16, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    Alistair, So glad to see your life moving along this road.
    If on our journey through life we can do things we enjoy
    and keep us positve then alls well. Keep the journey going
    and God bless and keep you.

  2. Rich

    October 16, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    Hello again,
    After looking at the content of my last reply i realised that it was not as highbrow as some of the others…therefore i must apologise lol.
    Checked out the new website… looks good… must say i may just be popping to one of these sessions looks great: escaping the rat race for 5 days and looking inwards.
    Maybe see some of you other bloggers there?!
    ps excuse ant typos i’m lazy today!

  3. Valerie

    October 16, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    Did you take that picture of the jellyfish as they were
    stinging you or was that a revisit to the site of the

  4. st

    October 18, 2006 at 4:07 am

    What a cool site, I know I will be visting it once a
    week. I can not believe how real those pictures look
    on the site. I just glanced at all the topics and plan
    on going back to do some more reading. I did notice a
    member login, but could not find any information on how
    to become a member. I know the site just started up so
    I will be patient and try to find what you have to do
    to become a member or what qualifies you to be a member.
    You did a great job on the new website.
    Take Care

  5. Albert

    October 22, 2006 at 10:40 am

    You are a good T.V.presenter,it was House Doctor and Cash in the
    Attic that made you a household name dont make the mistake of
    teaching to the few at the expence of your T.V.fans or you will soon be
    Alistair who?

  6. Valerie

    October 23, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    AHHH but Albert you miss the point.

  7. Elaine

    October 23, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    Keep following your heart Alistair.

  8. Gary John Bell

    October 27, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    Hey hey

    It was cool seeing all the stuff you have done and gotten up to. Before
    I read abot you on here, I thought u were a ‘norm’ gay guy what worked, went home,
    had fun and then back to work. I never realised all the work you do, your one
    very fascinating guy!

    Gazza xx

    p.s. Your definetely someone I am going to look up to 🙂

  9. Thomas Norton

    October 28, 2006 at 7:16 am

    Dear Alistair,
    Many moons ago I got hooked on your on-screen presence with Ann-maurice(sorry for the badspelling!)Anywhoo, I eventually looked up your blog and honestly it was strange to have such a beautiful looking man speak so …beautiful..(yep-me needsa thesauraus!)

    So, I’v been enjoying your posts for a while, and never been inclined to write untill now…

    I was kinda taken aback by the notice on your ‘Burning Turbin’, site, about the movie screening+talk…it says on the site it’s for gay men. I’m gay myself Alistair but honestly, I felt your discoveries and realisations are universal…open to all? I’v been telling those in my lige of your observations on life, and m

  10. Thomas Norton

    October 28, 2006 at 11:59 am

    I have to say sorry for my last post, it’s not my place to say how ideas and thoughts are spread. Sorry, but do love your posts and hope you’ll keep up with them even when ‘Burning Turban’ takes off x…also looking forward to your writingings in book form..

  11. Gustavo

    October 29, 2006 at 1:29 am

    Great Blog, beautiful pictures.
    hope all is well
    keep the good work.
    Hope to see you soon.
    Gustavo from NYC.

  12. Mark A

    November 2, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    Keep following that dream Alistair; I know from personal experience that matching up the reality of a situation (all the borring things like planning and bills and paperwork) to the dream can be really overwhelming and frightening at times… Burning Turban looks like a really exciting space and a great forum for exchange of ideas, knowledge & inspiration too… hope you feel suitably proud! But hey, keep up the blog here too – we all love to hear about your shopping trips and weird & wonderful experiences, and I’m a big admirer of the photography too.

    Smooth winds, calm seas,

    Mark the Sailor x

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