Brandi Neal

Brandi Neal's writing has appeared in more than a dozen U.S. and international news, business and literary publications. She was also a fiction editor for the inaugural issue of the acclaimed international literary review, The New Guard, and she was the co-editor of the winter 2011 edition of Stonecoast Lines. Brandi has a B.A. in journalism and communication and an M.F.A in creative nonfiction writing and editing. She has given readings and performances of her work across the United States.

Enlightened Leaders: Zen and the Art of Mental Maintenance

By Brandi Neal

When Marc Lesser began looking for a job after earning his MBA 30 years ago, his experience as director of Tassajara, a Zen Buddhist Sōtō Zen monastery near San Francisco closed more doors than it opened. Most prospective employers couldn’t reconcile hiring someone who was both a spiritualist and a businessman, prompting Lesser to amend his resume to read “director of a conference center.”

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