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1997. I visited the Zen Center in Cambridge. asked practitioners there quite a few questions over vegetarian pizza. Chanted briefly. Got to ask some great visiting teacher any question I wanted to. After some rambling circumlocution I managed to ask, "Why do you do this? Why do you chant, meditate... all this stuff?"
Looking me directly in the eyes without hesitation he simply said "you brought me here."
He then asked me: "Do you have any more questions?"
The directness with which he delivered the answer combined with the apparent simplicity of so few words, and the mystery and surprise of the answer - just floored me.
I said "no, not really...". He then had me read some poem about the moon and stars, i think.