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December 09 Contents

Street RetreatA 4-day retreat on the streets of Manhattan
Two Poems"The Way" and "Beside Me"
Avalokiteshvara's ArmAvalokiteshvara's Missing ArmA broken statue
Poet Anne Waldman"While I'm Here I'll Do the Work"Interview with poet Anne Waldman
Winter HaikuThree poems
Musho's TeahousePainting
We live on the streets with no resources other than our true nature, experiencing homelessness first-hand, having to beg for money, find places to get food, shelter, to use the bathroom, etc. By bearing witness to homelessness, we begin to see our prejudices and boundaries directly and to recognize our common humanness.

—Roshi Bernie Glassman

For four days in October, a small group of VZ sangha members and others participated in a street retreat, led by Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara and Sensei Grover Gauntt. Here are some accounts of that experience, starting with a talk by Roshi that gives some of the scope of those four days.  It is followed by the impressions of several participants, some written spontaneously after the retreat, some at the invitation of this Journal.

Essex St.
Photo: A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

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