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A New Wrinkle

A little after four on Saturday, I went to visit my new landlord and meet her partner, a man named Josh. Things went well, to a point; but then we got into Buddhism. Josh has strong opinions about Buddhism — about Linji’s iconoclasm, about the place of sitting in practice, in fact about everything I said. One has the feeling he’d rather not feel obligated to practice at all — he’d rather just be a Buddhist, in the way of so many Westerners before and after him. I’m not sure how to handle him. I fear that he basically doesn’t respect what I’m doing. That’d make it hard to live at this place, to say the least.

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