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Home is where you lay your head.JPG | by Big Mind Zen Center
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Home is where you lay your head.JPG

These photos were offered by L Cpl William Grey, helicopter mechanic in the US Marine Corps. Will has been a Zen student since 1999. He continues his studies with Genpo Roshi by e-mail, both koan study and dokusan, during his last deployment in 2006, and is set to deploy to Iraq again in October 2007 to April 2008.

Working a seven day or seven night , 12 hour shift in accommodation you can glimpse in this photoset, with a day off to do his laundry, Will has little opportunity to practice zazen. His practice is a total commitment to his task, on which the lives of others depend – being completely present and proficient in the tedium and when the mortar bombs fall.

 

Fully involved in the normal comradeship of his unit, Will’s Zen is known and respected by his friends.

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Taken on April 1, 2006