Buddhism the Jack Kerouac Way: A South Korean Templestay has been published over at the Literary Traveler. Well if the name fits… Just kidding. I can barely read.

Jack Kerouac’s novel, The Dharma Bums, is so full of sweet words and joy that every line I read made me want to jump out of my window, go climb a mountain and pray.

Kerouac never gave a ‘goddamn about the mythology and all the names’ of Buddhism, he just sat cross-legged in the Californian wilds, meditating in peace. Which sounded just fine to me, but I was in Seoul, surrounded by over fifty Buddhist temples. This could be my only chance to hear someone talk about Karma without wanting to ridicule.

Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo, a nun at Myogaksa Temple who is beautiful inside and out.
Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo, a nun at Myogaksa Temple who is beautiful inside and out.

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Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo at Myogaksa Templestay
Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo at Myogaksa Templestay
Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo at Myogaksa Templestay
Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo at Myogaksa Templestay
Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo at Myogaksa Templestay
Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo at Myogaksa Templestay
Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo at Myogaksa Templestay
Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo at Myogaksa Templestay
Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo at Myogaksa Temple
Photo courtesy of Yeo Yeo at Myogaksa Temple
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