It is rare for a foreign woman to be accepted for instruction in intensive meditation in a Buddhist temple in Thailand. Jane Hamilton-Merritt writes about this experience from the inside, describing the extraordinary journey into the self, the expansion of her consciousness. In a personal account of her struggles, her fears and her experiences – some euphoric, some terrifying, some beautiful in the form of psychedelic visions and some that were genuinely threatening. A Meditator's Diary is an intellectually disciplined attempt to understand what Buddhist meditation techniques have to offer us, those in the Western world caught up in a cycle of destruction that we cannot control, and shows how to access its secrets. Jane Hamilton-Merritt describes her own dawning understanding of 'compassion without attachment', her eventual arrival at a state of peace and reconciliation and the sense of living flow with the whole of the universe that has transformed her life. Encouraging her readers to try meditation she describes how we can take the first steps on the long road to tranquillity for ourselves.