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May 15, 2007. Jogyesa Temple, Seoul, Korea. Jogyesa Temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea and is about 500 years old. Inside the temple, monks are praying for 49 days for the VT students and faculty who died.

May 15, 2007. Jogyesa Temple, Seoul, Korea. White paper lanterns are hung in rememberance of the deceased. Those with cream nametags are for those who died at Virginia Tech on April 16th.

My mortality, there it is, right there in my mind. I feel the fear of loss of life. How close proximity to death, to my own death, I have come.

At first, as I discovered the reality of the killing that had happened at Virginia Tech, where I work…