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Friday, March 25, 2022

An Historical Document of Note

Robert Pirsig's Zen in Minnesota
- sent by Erik Storlie who wrote:

This piece is a fine example of the huge optimism we all had that we were going to change minnesota (if not the world) by bringing zen here.  notice how bob crafts his message to allay fears that the zennies will be another nutcase hippie group.  rather, we will bring wayward young people into line.

while in negotiations for the country land, bob, nancy, i, and others went down to eitzen and had a meeting in a church or city hall where we had to assure concerned locals that we would not be proselytizing, corrupting the children, and disturbing the peace.

notice the strict schedule katagiri created from the get-go:  two zazens each morning, two each evening--all of which he attended.  and we felt guilty if we didn't!