When Leonard was only a few months away from death, I asked him why he was using the last ounces of his energy to produce yet another CD. He said, there are hundreds of thousands of people in this world who have been so kind as to listen to my music, and this is my last chance to thank them. Who says something like that? Only someone who had himself poured his heart into countless poems and songs and was so touched that his heart had been received — and that was at the core of the Leonard Cohen sangha, the community of those who could laugh and cry together with him.
Yoshin David Radin
Thoughts on Leonard Cohen’s passing by Pico Iyer, Noritake Shunan Roshi, Yoshin David Radin, & Kendo Hal Roth can be found on pages 2-6 of News of Rinzai-ji (Winter 2017)
Thanks to Augenstein Hannot, who alerted me to these edifying messages about Leonard.
I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Feb 14, 2017.