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“But what about your savings for when you retire? Aren’t you concerned about your future?”

My father and I were standing in the kitchen arguing about my decision to train in a Zen monastery. I’d been there for over two years and every time we’d see each other, we would inadvertently go “here” in the conversation. His major objection was that I wasn’t out in the world making money, putting it away toward what I might need. No 401(k)…