Buddhism on the Other West Coast

"Come as you are” to the last frontier of American Buddhism.

Jeff Wilson

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It’s tough being a Buddhist in Alaska. Too much darkness, too much daylight, far too much cold. The cost of living is high, the economy is depressed—and so are many Alaskans: The state has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. So what could motivate a Buddhist priest to move halfway around the world to settle in a place that makes Tibet look tropical by comparison? In a word: love. Rev. Yuho Van Parijs,…It’s tough being a Buddhist in Alaska.

Too much darkness, too much daylight, far too much cold. The cost of living is high, the economy is depressed—and so are many Alaskans: The state has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. So what could motivate a Buddhist priest to move halfway around the world to settle in a place that makes Tibet look tropical by comparison? In a word: love.

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