Bill is a musician and a Buddhist.  He lives in San Diego, CA, and generally communicates via Twitter.

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  1. Hi, Bill, I ran across you by accident in following a chain of Shi Sheng-Yen, a couple of whose book I ow have on order from the library.

    Your blog seems quite fine, so it was a pleasure to drop in.


    • David, sorry it has taken a long time to respond. You could not do better than Master Sheng Yen, nor Dharma Drum Mountain generally. I am a student of his Dharma heir, Gilbert Gutierrez, and I recently spent a few weeks there in Pine Bush, NY with Guo Yuan Fashi, one of his monastic Dharma heirs. You can’t go wrong with Dharma Drum. Any chance you can practice there, and get direct instruction, would be very worthwhile. Best thing I’ve ever done, for sure.

  2. Bill,

    Thanks for the leads. Every little bit helps. Because one side of my family are African, I think that my next step is going to be with one of the African families of drums — about which I know nothing. Oriental traditions of meditation quite apart, I’m fascinated by the jungle telegraph, the talking drums used for long distance communication before the Europeans arrived and busted everything up (with a small assist from smallpox). Shannon’s information theory has played important parts in my life over the past fifty years, so I’m going g to be interested to see what the African drums have to tell me about it.


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