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Two Giants

An early photo of Dae Soen Sa Nim with two of his earliest Western students. It is a significant photo because both of these men later went on to be two of the most influential and innovative super-spreaders in American Dharma and beyond: Larry Rosenberg (l) and Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (r), the best-selling author and developer of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) therapy which is practiced all over the world.

I like this photo as a kind of historical artifact of what a great primary spiritual incubator Dae Soen Sa Nim was: neither of these two were as yet developed or well known in their practice at all.

Circa 1974.

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