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Gesshin Claire Greenwood

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Gesshin Claire Greenwood is the author of Bow First, Ask Questions Later: Ordination, Love and Monastic Zen in Japan. An ordained Zen priest, she spent over 5 years training in Japanese monasteries, and is currently the youngest American authorized to teach Zen.

An avid cook, dog lover, and sometimes collage maker, she blogs intermittently at http://www.thatssozen.blogspot.com. Her next book, a vegetarian cookbook and meditation on the philosophy of "just enough," is forthcoming from New World Library.

Gesshin is currently completing her master's in East Asian Studies from the University of Southern California.
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“It is clear to me that we need both, that we need a balance of light and dark, just as we need a balance of flavors and a balance between discipline and abandon.”
Gesshin Claire Greenwood, Just Enough: Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan's Buddhist Temples

“Monastery work reminds us that no person exists in isolation. Each sound is a signal instructing the community, and often three or four people are involved in a sequence of drums, gongs, and bells. Making a mistake at any point can throw off the whole sequence. Over the years of participating in these sequences, you learn to pay attention to your actions and understand the consequences they have on others. You begin to embody the truth that we are at all times interconnected with the world around us.”
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