Thank you Martin. The fact that you took the time to write such a thoughtful piece based on a suggestion of mine is high praise indeed. Especially given my rather dismissive and snarky remarks about someone you clearly admire. You took great pains to address my criticisms and it seems you share many of the same. At the same time you balanced that by pointing to at least one area that I was totally unaware of (his criticisms of Zen Buddhism) where you feel he has made some valuable contributions. Sincere apologies for the geographical confusion on my part. Unfortunately I have a lot less spare time to dedicate to writing these days as I recently started a new, quite demanding job. However, I always can take at least a few moments to read and maybe comment on something. I do intend to post something soon that I have been working on for some time. It is a very emotional and frankly depressing confessional intended for my sister. I have been on the verge of putting it out there quite a few times recently but each time chickened out at the last minute. It is so difficult because I come off as truly awful. It is hard to admit your own failings to yourself harder still to admit them to everyone else. I feel I need to do it though. The guilt has gnawed at me for so many years and I think it will be therapeutic to finally try and do something that might help me unburden some of it.

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