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Buddha Rising
DECEMBER 2005
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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."

Photo Fast Facts
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
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