Oak and Lotus?
I live in Raleigh, North Carolina - self identified as "The City of Oaks".
I live as a type of American
Buddhist that does not actually exist yet. Buddhism
has taken about two hundred years to integrate into a
society, and has only be present in the United States for
about one hundred years. It will be closer to Zen, but
will not be Japanese. It will be very close to its Hindu
roots, but will not be Indian. It will be an American Zen,
by some other name. I won't be around to see it, but in
the meantime I can be here, now. Here, now. That will be
the form it will evolve into. Many people find the symbol
of Buddhism to be the lotus. The blossoming from the mire,
the beauty in the plain.
Oak and Lotus is a one-man band. It is what used to be
called 'kitchen-table' publishing. It was founded many
years ago to meet the need to publish and promote my own
work, but has grown to incorporate the work of other
people. Some of it is just in cooperation. Some of the
contributions are professional and recognized with
percentages paid based on sales.
Some is done in service to the Buddhist concept of
serving the community, in cooperation with friends who do
the same work.
But, ain't no "us". Just a "me" who wanted to make things