This graphical representation of the many paths seekers have forged or followed to increase their understanding of the human situation is elegant and useful, is it not?
I especially like the seven categories used to group these distinct-but-related practices.
(Sidebar: In addition to being a sometimes/would-be seeker, I am also a longtime taxonomy freak. My interest in the graphic representation of data, my appreciation of brilliantly-conceived satire, and my inveterate skeptical nature were recently stimulated by the Internet posting of artist Crispian Jago’s only-semi-spoofy Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense. I mention this here because I noticed that several of the Practices from the “Tree” show up on Jago’s Table.)
The website of the Massachusetts-based group that formulated the “Tree” (and sells a poster of it) is full of interesting information, including brief descriptions of each Practice, and a list of recommended books for enlightenment seekers.
Someone from a twenty-year-0ld organization of gay men I greatly admire, Gay Spirit Visions, recently posted to GSV’s Facebook page a link to the “Tree,” and I am glad they did, so I could post it here.