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In an excerpt from 'Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace' the author discovers community.

The following excerpt from "Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace" is reprinted with permission from Viking Press, a division of Penguin Putnam Publishers.

The most difficult part of engaging in a Buddhist practice for me had always been the idea of doing it within a community. On the outside, I was friendly and communicated well with people. But that was something I had taught myself a long time ago to cover up the sadness and loneliness I had experienced earlier in my life. As I got older, I didn't feel that sadness all the time, but I realized that I still had a tendency to be by myself and do things alone.



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