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In this episode, I am joined by my good friend Mark Doyu Albin (Yusan), who was my first head monk. An American now living in Germany, he discusses what brought him to Japan in the 80s and what life was like in the early days of Sogenji with Shodo Harada Roshi. He also describes the elusive and largely unknown energetic tanden practices of authentic Rinzai Zen training and how Zen training develops useful human beings. Look for a Part 2 in the future where we will go deeper into koan training and how Yusan’s life developed after he left formal training.

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