"It is said that 'Zen is one thing and the
followers of Zen are quite another.' Erik Storlie
has avoided every temptation toward sanctimoniousness
that Zen and religions offer, and instead gives
a straight account of a Zen life lived honestly.
Books don't come any better than this."
Robert M. Pirsic, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
"I thoroughly enjoyed this sincere, well-written
account of Erik Storlie's years on the path. His
picture of the counterculture sixties and of studying
Zen with Roshis Suzuki, Baker, and Katagiri tells
it like it was and encourages us to go on our American
way, finding out endlessly how it is and who we
David Chadwick, author of Thank You and OK: An American Zen Failure in Japan
"Nothing on My Mind is a look back
over the life of an American whose work with soul
begins in Berkeley in the sixties. Storlie writes
of his confusions and delights and of the conflict
that develops with Zen tradition and hierarchy.
This is a lively book with many fine stories of
Suzuki Roshi and Katagiri Roshi."
Robert Bly, author of The Sibling Society
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