Erik Sorlie sits cross-legged on the mountain.

Introducing Erik Storlie...

I began a practice of Zen sitting meditation in 1964 with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. After Suzuki’s death, I studied with Dainin Katagiri Roshi, helping to found the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, where I still occasionally lecture and teach meditation.

Having retired from some thirty years of teaching English and Humanities at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, I now devote my time to writing and teaching meditation. I do not base my teaching on any particular religious or philosophical affiliation – but simply on twenty years of study with Suzuki and Katagiri and another seventeen of practice.

My book Nothing on my Mind, Berkeley, LSD, Two Zen Masters (Shambhala 1996) recounts the early psychedelic culture of Berkeley in 1964-1965, and the process by which I and many counterculture types were upended by psychedelic experience and began practicing yoga and zen. My academic credentials include an M.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in English and Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Currently I lead meditation and teach meditation classes for the The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. They can be reached at 612/ 624-9459. see also my schedule

You are welcome to contact me via email and I will do my best to respond within a few weeks