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Together Under One Roof: Making a Home of the Buddha’s Household
Lin Jensen
(Wisdom Publications, 2008, 288 pp., $16.95 paper)

Bad Dog! A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places
Lin Jensen
(Wisdom Publications, 2005, 288 pp., $15.95 paper)


Sylvia BoorsteinI’ve been listening to myself telling friends and colleagues about the Zen teacher Lin Jensen—I read his book Together Under One Roof: Making a Home of the Buddha’s Household before its publication last year, and I’ve just finished Bad Dog! A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places—and I sound like an adolescent schoolgirl describing a crush. “I love Lin Jensen!” I keep saying. What I mean is that I not only admire his writing skill and find him a brilliant storyteller but also am stunned by the simplicity of his wisdom, which seems to erase all the complications in any situation. And he is incredibly, resolutely kind. We’ve never met, but already he is dear to me. I experience his writing as an act of kindness.

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