Soen Roshi at his Going-away Party
at the Manhattan Home of Sangha Member
George Jochi Zournas, July 28, 1982
© Photo Adam Fisher

This anecdote retold from the book
Answer Your Love Letters:
Footnotes to a Zen Practice
Author House, 2007

At one particular sesshin, I was preparing to go to see Soen during dokusan. I didn't know him to speak of, but that didn't concern me much.What did concern me was that I was really angry about something. Don'task me what – it was sesshin and stuff like anger floats up on a regular basis, I imagine. Anyway, I was really pissed.

I entered the room, did the prescribed bows, said my practice, and settled in front of Soen.

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