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American Zen Photograph by Steve McCurry
Bill Yoshin Jordan (above), founder and director of the Santa Monica Zen Center, knots his priest's robe in preparation for sitting zazen, a form of meditation. Jordan hangs an American flag in the center to emphasize that the tradition forming here is an expressly American Buddhism rather than a transplant from Asia. Buddhism is attractive to many Americans because it does not require a choice between religions—as one of the center's students says, "I consider myself a JewBu."
Camera: Nikon F100 Film Type: Kodak E100 Lens: 28mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Indoors Time of Day: Unrecorded Lighting Techniques: Natural light