Hitching a ride, trusting a partner, marrying the same person three times
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Lawrence Shainberg is the author of three novels and two books of nonfiction. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and now divides his time between New York City and Truro, Massachusetts.
One does not sit in order to become enlightened. One sits because, as the Buddha exclaimed at the moment of his awakening, one is enlightened as one is. The practice is simply a means of realizing this fact, which the ordinary, dualistic mind obscures.
Roshi wears his Yankee cap to breakfast, doesn’t remove it even after we sit down. He has a large collection of hats, but he has worn this one exclusively since I bought it for him last week at Yankee Stadium.