With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Gregg Levoy lives in Santa Fe and is an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of This Business of Writing.
Last fall, after two years of escalating entreaties by my girlfriend, I finally agreed to move from the city to the country. More precisely, from San Francisco to northern New Mexico, to a desert of lunar silences and nights so black that I rediscovered my childhood fear of the dark.
The real teaching of the mandala has turned out to be not in its execution but in its . . . execution, its demise, and in how its creators responded to its death.