Mar 05, 2018

Jerry Brown at the gates of Tassajara

In Shoes Outside the Door, on p. 212 of my copy:

"In those years," says Wendy [Johnson], "student life was not actually connected to worldly news, though, which was hard for me. We were really out of it."

"I mean, when Jerry Brown knocked on the gate at Tassajara, most people didn't know who he was. He was told, We're closed. It was practice period. He said, 'No, I've come a long way, and I would really like a chance to meet with the Abbot.' And someone said, 'Who cares?' And someone else said, 'I'm going to get the Director.' So the Ino [director of the meditation hall] came out and said 'We're closed.'"

"But someone else had already gone to get David [Chadwick], who knew a few things, and he said 'You stupid fucking idiots, it's the Governor of California! Let him in.' And David got on the crank phone and called for Richard, who [was en route and] came and met the Governor."