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November 24, 2011


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I found a little Jogye-jong temple up the hill behind the train station in our new neighborhood. It was just a small Zen hall and a shrine for the mountain spirit, but around the hall had a very blue Ox herding series. I'll post them for you soon...


Ah, I just realized it's American Thanksgiving today,
I hope you have a nice day.

And thank you for your blog and everything else that's come of it!

Barry Briggs

Joseph, thank you for your friendship. Please give my greetings to Eunbong and Fina!

I sent the pics of you reading to Fina to my daughter and she wrote back to me saying that her memories of our time reading together are among the happiest of her life.

Best wishes,

David Clark


A very happy Thanksgiving to you and all of yours. Thank you for herding the ox on our behalf.

Your friend,

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