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This is the complete first chapter of my just-released 4th book, The Heart of Zen.
Question: Does anyone ever completely overcome the ego? The Buddha did, right?
Jun Po: The ego insists on its view. It does not want to change; it will not be successfully bullied, overpowered, or fought. Who, exactly, will overpower your ego, anyway?
Keith Martin-Smith: That’s what Zen masters are for.
JP: (laughs) Come here! (pretends to hit me) So many of us realize our egos are, pardon my French, full of shit. Yet we try to use the ego to overcome the ego. (shakes head). What a pity. It will never work; it can never work.
This is the opening of the new novel, Only Everything, which is currently being written.
The East Village in those days was like a geologic phenomenon, where two great pressure plates were converging into a single stress fracture known as Avenue A. Logan was standing on the stoop of his apartment building, two blocks west of the housing projects of Alphabet City, on the bleeding edge of gentrification. His 200-square-foot apartment had taken him three months to find and was at least a third more than he could afford, but was in Manhattan, and all his own.