This issue of Mountain Record explores the theme of "Ancestors" from multiple perspectives. Some pieces take up the theme from a distinctly Buddhist view. Other writers grapple with the social and political relevance of the theme. Other pieces invite us to expand our view of ancestry. Throughout, this issue challenges us to dissolve the boundaries we create between the spiritual and the political. The violence, war and hatred that fill the new are the results of our delusion: believing ourselves to be fixed and separate has devastating effects on the world we live in. Includes writing by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ta-Nehesi Coates, Leslie Marmon Silko, Thich Nhat Hanh and others.