In what has become a classic manual of mind development, the late Christmas Humphreys, who played a leading part in making Buddhist ideas available to a Western audience, provides the reader with a practical, common-sense guide which begins with the controlled development of the mind through concentration, and then explains how to achieve deeper spiritual development through meditation and contemplation. Christmas Humphreys had many years experience teaching both beginners and advanced students and although the book is written with the emphasis on Buddhist ways of thought, no knowledge of Buddhism is necessary for the reader' to benefit from the advice it contains.
Also in 1950 at the trial of the nuclear spy , Christmas Humphreys was the prosecuting counsel for the Attorney General. In 1955 he was made a Bencher of his Inn and the next year became Recorder of .
Christmas Humphreys was the son of the well-known barrister and judge, Sir Travers Humphreys. His father made it to the High Court, Even Christmas Humphreys’ mother served as a Justice of the Peace. He attended Malvern College at Cambridge University. In 1924 Humphreys was called to the bar as a member of Inner Temple, the oldest, richest, and most exclusive of the four principal Inns of Court. The fact that Humphreys was admitted as a barrister at this particular Inn speaks of his upper class background and upbringing.