Ryutaku-ji, 1982
Soen Roshi saying goodbye to Peter Cunningham, Bernie Glassman, Peter Matthiessen and Chido-sensei.
©Photo Peter Kuku Cunningham

"He raised his staff and kept it raised as long as we could see him through the car window, a small, black-robed figure at the end of the path that led uphill into the forest."
Peter Muryo Matthiessen
From the book Nine-Headed Dragon River,
Shambhala Publications, 1998

He stood, a very old man at the gate of his temple holding his stick high until we disappeared about two kilometers down the road. I kept shooting photos out the back window and he kept standing perfectly still – it was amazing. I remember it every time I say goodbye to a meaningful person.
Peter Kuku Cunningham

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