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March 04, 2013

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Ben Howard

Thanks for this vivid recollection, Barry. I'm reminded of Bassui's koan, "Who hears the sound?"

Where I live, a number of creatures are up and moving at 5:30 am, most conspicuously the deer who amble down our street.

Fa

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Moleary93

Two weeks ago, I came out of a Zen group at a medium security prison here in Mass. The group has become an oasis for people desperate for some quiet, some respite from the daily pain of life behind the wall. As I walked out into the deserted parking lot, from off in the trees I heard the familiar "who-who-WHOO!"

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