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Inner and Outer Commitments

After many years of training (much of it with the Interdependence Project) and many more years of personal practice, I crossed a new threshold recently by taking formal precepts and becoming a novice priest in the Five Mountain Zen Order. This is quite a change for me, because I assiduously refrained from being affiliated with any one lineage for years. In fact, that desire to stay out of a single lineage is what initially attracted me to IDP.
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