Alan Lessik: Reading and Dharma Talk

We’re delighted to welcome our friend Alan Lessik, Zen practitioner, amateur figure skater and LGBT activist. A member of the Berlin Queer Writers Circle, Alan will be reading from his new Zen novel Make the Dark Night Shine, which was inspired by his own aunt’s family story. Make the Dark Night Shine is a love letter from a father to the daughter he never met, narrated by Kenzo Uchida, a gay diplomat turned Zen priest.

As one reviewer wrote, “A meticulously researched historical novel with a Zen heart, Make The Dark Night Shine tells the story of a diplomat-turned-monk torn between many countries and many identities as his world falls to war… It is, more than anything, an examination of queerness not seen often in Western literature and a love story with the shifting, wandering self. Cinematic and sad, it raises valuable questions about how a person might do good in a broken world.”

The reading will be followed by refreshments and a chance to talk to Alan and purchase a signed copy of his book.

For more information about the book, read Alan’s blog here:


Mar 23 2024


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 23 2024
  • Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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BMZC Zendo
165 Donegall Pass, Belfast BT7 1DT
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