All my ancient twisted karma, from beginningless greed, hate, and delusion, born of body, speech, and mind, I now fully atone. – Verse of Atonement
As I got older, I started to wonder…evil karma/good karma, problem/not a problem, is that intrinsic in what’s going on, or is that me subjectively saying, “That’s a problem. That’s not a problem. That’s evil. That’s not.” [Karma] “is twisting”…what does it really mean? Which of the karma? Every second we’re creating karma! This whole one body’s creating karma. We’re all interconnected! This karma happened. So which of it is twisted, which isn’t twisted? – Roshi Bernie Glassman Roshi
Gerry Shishin Wick was recognized by Taizan Maezumi Roshi as his successor in the White Plum lineage in 1990 and was empowered as a Roshi by Bernie Glassman in 2006. He is co-spiritual director of Great Mountain Zen Center. He currently lives at Maitreya Abbey in Berthoud, Colorado, and is author of three Zen books: The Book of Equanimity: Illuminating Classic Zen Koans, The Great Heart Way: How to Heal Your Life and Find Self-fulfillment (written with Ilia Shinko Perez) and My American Zen Life. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked as a physicist, oceanographer, science writer, and computer scientist.