This collection of genuine teachings resonates with an authenticity that comes from Yoshin's many years of practice. It is both profound and practical.
A Temporary Affair is a collection of talks given at Sunday morning sittings at the Ithaca Zen Center by Yoshin David Radin, abbot and founder of the Ithaca Zen Center for the past 40 years. The talks contained here were given at a time when Yoshin's health was severely compromised by end stage renal failure. In February 2019, he received a kidney transplant from a member of Ithaca Zen Center, to whom the publication is dedicated.
The collection of 31 talks contains the insight of the individual dharma talks themselves, as well as the underlying story of how the dharma teachings helped the author cope, and even thrive, with his continuing loss of kidney function. The talks go right up to the days before he was admitted to the hospital. The comfort and guidance he received from the dharma during the times when he was most ill have been a great inspiration to all who know him, as they will to readers. In his own words, "How extraordinary, how blessed, how wonderful, to have met the teachings that free us from suffering when in difficult places." Through these talks the reader can clearly see how he put that wisdom to use in his own life situation, and how they can do so as well.