PETER N. GREGORY


RL
Chanting Sutra during the 1976 Los Angeles sesshin, at Ven.Thich Thien-An's International Buddhist Meditation Center
Soen Roshi and Ray Jordan are on each side of the altar; Peter Gregory is forefront. The many wood carvings by the Buddha statue were done by S. Nakano during sesshin.


On the wall, behind the altar, facing right, was a photo of Nyogen Senzaki; at left, a painting of Thich Quang Duc, the Vietnamese monk who immolated himself in 1963 in protest against the persecution of Buddhism by South Vietnam's Ngo Dinh Diem regime. The painting was made from Malcolm Browne's Pulitzer Prize photo.

I remember how beautifully Soen linked the painting of that Vietnamese monk with the karmic bond we all formed by participating together at a sesshin held at the Center of a Buddhist monk – Thich Thien-An – whose life was saved as a result of that action.



New York Times reporter David Halberstam wrote on June 12, 1963:
" ... As Thich Quang Duc burned, he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composure in sharp contrast to the wailing people around him."

****



Page 18