Silence and Retreat

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We lost a great one this week, the singer/songwriter/poet/novelist Leonard Cohen. Amid his myriad achievements, I love the story of how, in 1994, Cohen retreated to the Mt. Baldy Zen Center near Los Angeles to begin 5 years of seclusion. There he was given the Dharma name Jikan – a word Cohen translated as “the silence between two thoughts.” Such a beautiful concept. What do you find there?

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