Although my current affiliation is Pagan, my history is primarily Zen Buddhist.
I was confirmed as a Buddhist at age 17 by Rev. Ronald N. Thayer, Roshi. Rev. Thayer founded the MaTaVa ecumenical sect of Buddhism and built a temple in Saginaw, Michigan. It was known for having the largest Buddha-rupa in the United States. I studied with Rev. Thayer for a number of years, and had permission to teach at age 19.
I taught a beginning Zen meditation course at Oberlin College for actual college credit. I studied for six months in 1976 at the San Francisco Zen Center, founded by Suzuki Roshi. I studied there under Richard Baker Roshi. Edward Espe Brown was an acquaintnce of mine.
At the SFZC I attended a lecture by Maezumi Roshi of Japan where I received transmission and lit incense with him.
I have attended several workshops led by Philip Kapleau Roshi, and a seven day sesshin at the Minneapolis Zen Center.
I have studied under Les Kaye of the Mountain View, California Zen community.
I was a member of the Skyline Buddhist Retreat communal living center under Kobun Chino Sensei. That community is now the Jukoji Retreat Center of Los Gatos California.
I have also attended several workshops and meditation groups in the Tantric Tradition.
I Love Buddhism. It remains close to my heart, and I would be more than happy to answer any questions that might arise.