A RED-TAILED HAWK IS RIDING THE WARM,

strong wind, eyeing the sage for prairie dogs and field mice. My Toyota truck is packed with everything I own, my possessions stripped to a minimum by my di­vorce and an obsessive urge to travel lightly, as if the weight of a bed, stereo, books, is equal to the weight of recent

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ONE AT A TIME, WE LEAVE THE MEDITATION

hall for a private interview with our teacher, Ko­rean Zen Master Seung Sahn Sunim. When it’s my turn, I enter the room and sit down on the square mat in front of him. Wanting to make a good impression, to show

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On December 23, 1993, I received an invita - tion to a birthday party. Generally, people’s birth­days are celebrated in warm surroundings, with presents and cake. But Bernie Tetsugen Glassman-Roshi’s birth­day was to be held as a retreat

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IT TOOK TEN YEARS OF PASSING THE GATE BEFORE

I walked through it. The gate of the Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple. Raised as an agnostic, schooled by Catholics, operating as a card-carrying Unitarian, there was a part of me that was deeply wary of anything for­eign. That was the part that gave way—the wary part. The curious

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