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I INVITE BEAU, now four, to lunch. I want him to meet my good friend Koho, who is visiting from Detroit. I haven’t seen Koho for several years. He is busy in his role as the guiding teacher for Detroit’s Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple. Meanwhile I have been perfecting the fine art of living close to the ground. This includes a traveling pattern that is limited to a two-state radius. Since I don’t know when I’ll see him next, I’m eager for him to meet my family.Koho and Beau have much in common. Both are great storytellers with quick, big laughs. Each has a fine intelligence that registers as an intensity radiating from their bodies. They share a love of riding bicycles as fast as they can. Koho rides in races where spectators shout insults and offer hand-ups to racers that range from water, beer, and money to—wait for it—bacon. Beau races to the end of his driveway and back. They can both quote SpongeBob SquarePants.Beau accepts my invitation.After we work on a tortilla casserole for about 20 minutes at lunch, he has had enough of the visiting: “Grandmom, could you read me my SpongeBob SquarePants colo …

Geri Larkin is the founder and former head teacher of Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple, a Zen meditation center in the heart of inner-city Detroit. She is the author of many books including Stumbling Toward EnlightenmentBuilding a Business the Buddhist Way,Tap Dancing in ZenFirst You Shave Your Head, and The Still Point Dhammapada


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