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Rafe Martin

Rafe Martin is an author and the founding teacher of Endless Path Zendo in Rochester, New York. His latest book is Before Buddha Was Buddha: Learning from the Jātaka Tales.

— From April 2018
The Dog-Eared Page

The Brave Little Parrot

Long ago, a little gray parrot lived in a green forest. She was a happy bird and loved to fly. One day a dark storm hovered over the forest. Lightning flashed and the forest began to burn.

April 2018
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories


Late at night in New York’s Museum of Natural History, time comes to a stop. The dust settles slowly on the dioramas and displays, and nothing stirs it. Not a muscle shifts: The head of a sperm whale is wrapped in the tentacles of a giant squid, forever.

December 1997
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Zen Failure

For many years while practicing Zen, I thought I was a failure. But as more years went by, I began to realize that failure is the heart of Zen. Failure is what Zen is about.

July 1995
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