The Uniquely American Experience Of Zen with Erik Storlie

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 In many ways, the practice of Eastern meditation meets its antithesis in traditional American culture. That's why early readers find Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root:  A Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing Old, Growing Tender by Erik Storlie such a gripping experience.

Storlie tells his story of the rebellion in the sixties that led to widespread meditation practice in America. Here we experience the underground Beat scene in Minneapolis that inspired the early Bob Dylan. We meet the poets Robert Bly and James Wright. Finally, we share the author's struggle to transmute psychedelic explorations into Zen and mindfulness – and to become a loving son, father, and husband.  

"Cultivation of the human mind and body in the quiet, open awareness of meditation is deeply satisfying,” says author Erik Storlie. "We touch the strange wonder of this existing universe and the moment by moment arising of our human consciousness. We can practice this whether we are famous or obscure or something in between. And we can bring that satisfaction into our everyday lives of work, friends, and family.”

 

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