I was raised Catholic. Thought of becoming a Catholic priest in grade school and again in my mid thirties. There was always a spiritual awareness as well as a connection to the earth from a very young age. I left the Catholic church in my mid teens and wandered during the late 196o's and 70's. In my twenties I worked at a local waterbed shop. I tried to be politically aware and was very angry about the Vietnam war, unfair drug laws and the killings of the four students at Kent State University. In my spare time I studied Native American religions and Eastern Philosophy including Taoism and Buddhism and more recently became an ordained Lay Zen Buddhist in 2006. My Dharma name is,"Doryu", Japanese for "Dragon Way". I also participated in Lakota Sioux sweat-lodge and pipe ceremonies for a few years (1990's) with my friends Beverly and Brenda. And was active in the local peace group, Citizens For Peace & Justice. I was married for three years back in the 80's. I became Catholic again at this time and was interested in the Catholic Worker Movement and inspired by people like Dorthy Day, Thomas Merton, Daniel Berrigan, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.. I also was working on becoming a Third Order Franciscan. A religious order for lay people in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. I left the Catholic church again after my divorce in 1989. I worked in two major factories here that are now gone and been a part of two national labor unions. I always liked what the unions stood for.
In 1991 I retired due to my health and lead a peaceful life now running the Mansfield Zen Center zendo.