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October 8, 2014


A Stove Story

A Photo Essay by Chris Shelton

When City Center’s old stoves were replaced this fall after 20 years serving in the background—but at the core—of Zen Center life, Zen student Chris Shelton documented the project in photos and reflected on the significance of that transition and of kitchen work practice at the temple.

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  1. Tal Weiss
    Oct 8 2014

    Lovely to see how an event such as replacing a stove, which could otherwise be treated as mundane, is celebrated so beautifully :)

  2. Victoria
    Oct 10 2014

    Thank you for this essay. To see an old, presently unwanted object honored this way reminds me of one of Suzuki Roshi’s teachings — Mrs. Suzuki often told us how he would pick the bruised vegetables to buy. This action runs so counter to common ways of thinking. This essay is like a cultural training in how we might value the unknown corners of our lives.

  3. Milo
    Oct 21 2014

    This photo essay is beautiful.


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