"cid830" <> So, what were your Zen qualifications again? You read some 
books? You visited some temples?>

Reading zen books was always a great pleasure for me. There are lots 
of great zen books, the older ones seem to be the best, IMHO, though I 
have not been reading a lot of them in the past ten years. 

I practiced zazen at the zen temples of New York City, Miami (now 
gone), Madrid, Paris, and Rome. In Paris, I had the great privilege to 
go there on several occasions at the temple of Taisen Deshimaru. It 
was a very impressive temple, the largest one that I have ever seen. 
There were at least 250 people practicing zazen each time I visited, 
and it really looked like a very living (and positive) community. 

These are not qualifications, because I cannot say that I learned 
anything in particular. These are just happy memories of good things 
that I have been able to enjoy in my life. 


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