The quotations below express some helpful perspectives and teachers and students.
- Chuang Tzu
Why must you comprehend the process of change and form your mind on that basis before you can have a teacher?
- Chuang Tzu
They are themselves,
so act without exerting effort.
No placing claims, no holding on
no merit and no fault.
- Tao Te Ching
Is this not catching a fish, catching a person, catching water, or catching the self? Furthermore there is catching the self, catching catching, being caught by catching, and being caught by the way.
- Eihei Dogen
Robert has been practicing Zen since 1972 but it was not until 1989 that he found his root teacher, Sojun Mel Weitsman, at Berkeley Zen Center. Robert received lay entrustment in Soto Zen from Sojun in 2010, and founded a Zen group in the Sierra foothills shortly afterwards. Robert is one of the founding members of the Lay Zen Teachers Association. At the invitation of Karen Terzano he has been a visiting teacher at the Ordinary Mind Zen sangha in Finland. In 2019 Robert received denkai from Karen to offer precepts as a teacher within Ordinary Mind Zen. Robert is currently working to develop an Ordinary Mind Zen practice community in Sacramento, California. Robert's dharma name is Meikyo Onza - "Clear Mirror, Calm Sitting."
In Muktinath, Hindus and Buddhists share many of the same temples. Outside the temples are rows upon rows of prayer wheels.
At the end of one row, a milk container is reincarnated to serve as a prayer wheel, replacing one that was damaged in a storm. Empty of its original contents, completely ordinary, it holds a scripture and turns the wheel of the dharma along with all the traditional prayer wheel - a fitting image for Ordinary Mind Zen.
Above are pictures of some of the people Robert encountered during his journeys in the Nepal Himalayas - all of them teachers.