“It would be many years before I discovered that what I needed to know was not to be found in some singular and extreme act of bravery or brilliance, but in the small repeated act of coming back to the present moment, letting go of who I think I am. As the stone carver Simon Verity told me, a connection can appear in the midst of attending to something very finite.”

Parabola Magazine editor Tracy Cochran on finding the infinite in the finite from our winter issue.

Photo: Stonemason finishing an angel, 1909

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Lingyin Temple-Hangzhou, China . A photo essay by poetry editor Lee van Laer; a Chan Buddhist temple founded in 328 A.D., Lingyin temple is located near “Flying Peak” in the Wulin mountains. Photos were taken Jan. 11, 2014; they include various scenes of temple areas and a number of the carvings in the stone grottoes of flying peak. 

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