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Depending on what part of the continent you're on, no two African wedding rituals are exactly identical... just another beauty of the continent. To help people who like to do kensho (see into one's own nature), Zen masters have designed many different methods. That's all good, and it's good for you. Therefore, before getting into my talk today, I would like to tell you briefly who I am and what I believe. The destruction of the deceased's home and refusal to acknowledge him is their way of telling the ghost to fuck off.

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Publisher: Shambhala; Reprint edition (December 1, 2009)

ISBN: 159030702X

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