A summer day in wilderness: A tree, a dog, a man. It's good when that's enough for a few hours. Or something just as simple. Maybe that's Zen.
Where's the pot of gold? At the end of the rainbow? Is it the search or the finding that matters? Or both!?
I've spent over 50 years practicing zen meditation--and the last 25 teaching. I've recently retired from offering academic credit classes at the Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, but continue to offer one-day retreats several times a year.
My meditation practice began in 1964 in San Francisco with Shunryu Suzuki and continued with Dainin Katagiri at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, which I helped found in 1972. You can view my books and some other publications at www.beginnerzen.com.