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FR. THOMAS HAND

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THE HANDO LETTERS

Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J. ("Hando"), founder of the Mercy Center East-West meditation program, corresponded for more than 20 years with his friend Brigitte D'Ortschy.

An architect by training, Brigitte moved from her native Germany to Japan, where she began a lifelong encounter with Zen. When she completed years of rigorous training, she was named as a dharma heir by both Yasutani Haku'un Roshi and Yamada Koun Roshi.

The curators of Brigitte D'Ortchy's writings have graciously allowed us to share some of the letters and postcards Brigitte Roshi and Hando exchanged. These letters, which offer a glimpse into Hando's own spiritual journey, are a gift to all companions on the path.

 

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Pilgrimage in Japan  |  February 1975

An account of Hando's walking pilgrimage to the great Buddhist shrines of Japan. Hando describes, in the light of his training in zen koan practice, deepening insight into Jesus as the truest expression of of Mercy.

click to read letter | photo by Steve Cadman, with modifications

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