From Z to A: My Journey from Zen to Angels
Excerpts from my memoir
I’m on a bus from Oxford, Ohio down near the Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky border. The year is 1972. A copy of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind rests in my hands. The countryside rolls by in pastoral scenes of barns, the woods, and rolling hills. On a brief escape from my small town college dorm life, my usual schedule is filled with art, poetry, and non-mainstream academia. My college is progressive with a curriculum designed to attract bohemians. I’m serious about my new topic of study, Zen Buddhism. A boy I meet in Florida introduces me to koans and the brush paintings of Basho. At eighteen I’m feeling confused about the meaning of life.
The bus ride takes me further up into the rolling hills of Indiana, towards DeKalb, Illinois. With only some pocket money and a backpack, I’m…
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