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Jim Bedard began practicing Zen meditation twenty-five years ago as a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau. He also studied martial arts for fifteen years and holds a fifth-degree black belt in karate. Since his bone marrow transplant in 1995, he has been in a state of remission from leukemia. He divides his time between a sales and marketing job and working at the Toronto Zen Centre. He lives in Bethany, Ontario.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Bedard, Jim, Religious life Zen Buddhism, Healing Religious aspects Zen Buddhism, Acute myelocytic leukemia Patients Canada Biography, Spiritual biography Canada