Rev. David Parks, Roshi is the Director of Bluegrass Zen centered in Waco, Kentucky where David keeps a small farm. He has sitting groups in Lexington and Berea, Kentucky. As a spiritual director and now as a koan teacher he has had 34 years of experience in accompanying others along life’s path.
Zen as a set of rules and procedures is not so interesting to me. I learned Zen when we were still trying to find what worked in the west. And people now seem to find freedom more naturally than I had assumed during my own initial studies. My experiments have led me to trust people more than I once did, and to teach people to trust their own moves. To me this means that koans are not a gadget that you put all your effort into using. They’re an environment—you wander around and they teach you. You have to listen and look.