Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Walter Nowick

                After serving in the US army during the occupation of Japan, Walter Nowick returned to take up the study of Zen at one of the most severe monasteries in the country, Daitokuji. When, years later, Sean Murphy asked he had not found the conditions there daunting, Nowick told him: “If you want to play the piano in a certain style . . . you find the person who teaches that style best, and do what they say. If you want to do something else, you do something else. But if you want to learn what they have to teach, you follow their directions.”

[Walter Nowick – The Third Step East: 183-97; 9, 73, 84, 217, 229, 230]
[See also: Morgan Bay Zendo]

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