In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Pierre Delattre is a painter and writer who was raised in southern France and lives in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico. A graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, he opened a coffeehouse in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood during the 1950s. It was a center for the Beat literary scene. The New York Times christened Delattre “the beatnik priest.” He has published three works of fiction, a book of essays, and a memoir.
The Dalai Lama climbed the ladder and entered the dome of this same Great Hum. Already five others had seated themselves. One of these was a highly developed lama who could sing three notes at once, each note carrying a different conversation. Another could carry on two conversations, and the other three could carry on only one. This meant that eight conversations were already taking place. Since the Dalai Lama could carry on two, his arrival completed the number of visitors allowed, and he closed the door after him.
Everything was suddenly vibrant with rich hues of singing color. The faces of the monks were radiantly beautiful. It was as if his eyes had been washed clean for the first time.