Blade Over the Heart: American Ninja

What kind of a Buddhist throws people down on the ground and carries a big stick? Ninja Stephen Hayes wrestles with our preconceptions and predjuces about what Buddhism should be.Ellen Pearlman

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Attila S., Captain of Guards at Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City, walked into the prison mess hall. Four hundred inmates were sitting quietly, just like a coiled snake before the strike. There was none of the din and clatter of an average mealtime. The sharp taste of tin filled Atilla’s mouth - the flavor of fear. His senses lurched into full alert. “Get out,” he commanded his subordinate guards. “This place is gonna blow.” At…Attila S., Captain of Guards at Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City, walked into the prison mess hall. Four hundred inmates were sitting quietly, just like a coiled snake before the strike. There was none of the din and clatter of an average mealtime. The sharp taste of tin filled Atilla’s mouth - the flavor of fear. His senses lurched into full alert.

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