Three Lives: The Buckshot Bodhisattva

An eco-warrior finds the dharma, opens his heart, and goes hunting.

Lisa Jones

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In the tiny western Colorado town of Paonia, a weekly Buddhist meditation circle includes a carpenter, an editor, a metal worker, a photographer, and as it so happens, the father of conservation biology. When the meditation periods conclude, it is the biologist who often asks, only half in jest, "Did anyone get enlightened)" Even in the pursuit of nonself, Michael Soulé can't entirely escape his ambition, which has driven him all his life.

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