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February 1959


big buddha, really huge, at least 100 feet high. People come up and pay homage. An earthy lady of the land offers that part of herself.
Then an old woman in her 70s comes up the walk to the buddha and reaching down grabs a seed from a bowl or basket of fruit and throws it in the face of the buddha. All the journals on Zen for months afterwards have articles on “The Woman Who Threw the Pip in the face of the buddha.”

“i have crossed this ocean 9 times to do this, but never had the nerve until now,” she states.

March 1959


Albert (Saijo) is not doing Za-Zen right, stopping it short to give a lecture of his own.


Robert Duncan is there, doing La-Zen. With ropes around our waist we run around the house in the snow. A crack the whip effect is pro- duced by Robert when he wants.
This is called Running Zen.






Joanne Kyger

JOANNE KYGER is an American poet. She has published more than twenty collections of poetry, including The Tapestry and the Web (1965), All This Every Day (1975), The Wonderful Focus of You (1979), Going On: Selected Poems 1958 - 1980 (1983), Just Space, poems 1979 - 1989 (1991), Again: Poems 1989 - 2000 (2001), As Ever: Selected Poems (2002), and About Now: Collected Poems (2007). She is also the author of the prose collection Strange Big Moon: Japan and India Journals 1960 - 1964 (1981). Kyger lives in Bolinas, California and occasionally teaches at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Colorado.


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