This roundtable was conducted in July 1996 by Helen Tworkov in Rochester, New York. The participants, all in their twenties, were residents of the Rochester Zen Center at the time of the conversation.
From left to right:
Tim Collins was born in Oneida, New York. He is twenty-two years old, and has been practicing for a little over a year.
Lhasa Ray, twenty-two years old, was born in San Francisco and has been practicing for under a year.
Kim Holder was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is twenty-eight yeas old and has been practicing for about three and a half years.
Rich Lopez is twenty-four and was born in Caster Valley, California. He has been practicing Zen for almost two years.
Abby Levin, twenty-one, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but lived in Toronto for most of her life. She has been practicing for about six years.
Cecily Fuhr grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. She is twenty-eight and has been practicing for two years.
Tricycle: Do you have a generation name for yourselves?
Cecily: The only thing we could come up with was Zen X, but it sounded like an antidepressant.
Abby: It’s probably a feature of Generation X to not want to be referred to as Generation X.
Kim: I don’t mind the label. There’s always going to be some things that a generation has in common. It’s true that we grew up with a certain set of common factors that shaped our lives and it does no harm to recognize that.
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