Catherine Gammon is a fiction writer and Soto Zen priest. Her novel The Martyrs, The Lovers (March 2023) is the debut title for 55 Fathoms Publishing. Her story collection The Gunman and the Carnival is forthcoming in 2024 from Baobab Press. Catherine’s novel China Blue won the Bridge Eight Fiction Prize and was published by Bridge Eight Press in 2021. Her novel Sorrow, published by Braddock Avenue Books in 2013, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her novel Isabel Out of the Rain was published in 1991 by Mercury House, and her shorter fiction has appeared in literary journals for many years, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Cincinnati Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, and many others among them. Catherine served on the faculty of the Master of Fine Arts program of the University of Pittsburgh before leaving the university to begin formal Zen training. She trained for twelve years in residence at San Francisco Zen Center, where in 2005 she was ordained a priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi by Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi. Since serving as Shuso in 2010 at SFZC’s Green Dragon Temple/Green Gulch Farm, Catherine has given teachings in Zen and writing in the U.K., in Brooklyn, in Pittsburgh, in Massachusetts, and at Green Gulch Farm. She lives again in Pittsburgh, with her garden and her cat.
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Everything is the same except composition and as the composition is different and always going to be different everything is not the same. Everything is not the same as the time when of the composition and the time in the composition is different. The composition is different, that is certain.
The composition is the thing seen by every one living in the living they are doing, they are the composing of the composition that at the time they are living in the composition of the time in which they are living. It is that that makes living a thing they are doing. Nothing else is different, of that almost any one can be certain. The time when and the time of and the time in that composition is the natural phenomena of that composition and of that perhaps every one can be certain.
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Thank you, Florian, for finding and posting the source of the words from Gertrude Stein.
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