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Meet Tokyo’s Bartending Monk

Bartenders are easy to confide in. Not just because you’re probably wasted, but because so many others have been before you. Your neighborhood barkeep has already heard it all, and though he might not be able…

By Alex Caring-Lobel

Image: Chip Buddhas, Enku, circa 1675-1695 ("mature period"), Japan, wood. Photo © Tetsuo Kurihara/Courtesy Kazuaki Tanahashi.

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | Special Section

Remembering Roshi

I remember a three-month training period at Zen Mountain Center, when I was the chiden, the caretaker of altars and offerings. It was during the summer months, when the shaded gully of the San Jacinto mountains holds…

By Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara

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