Custom Art: “The Monk Who Became the Mayor” by Gene Levi Chan

The Monk Who Became the Mayor

On What Makes a (Good) Leader

Over the course of his forty-year career, Rimer walked the perimeter of the monastery every day at noon. He knew everything about the path — how the sun painted light in lines and angles, where forgotten chunks of stone emerged from the garden, and the best place to find some privacy.

Rimer was a normal monk. A good monk, a…