Erik Storlie, PhD, MA, BA

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Erik F. Storlie, Ph.D., M.A., B.A., teaches courses and leads retreats for the Center that approach meditation as both intellectual inquiry and practical discipline of body, mind, and spirit.

Dr. Storlie began a practice of sitting meditation in 1964 with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. After Suzuki's death in 1971, he studied with Dainin Katagiri Roshi until 1983, helping to found the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in 1973. For the last fifteen years, he has led retreats and given instruction in meditation, assisting students to develop mastery of meditation practice without reference to particular religious forms.

Dr. Storlie retired from full-time college teaching in English, Composition, and Humanities in 2000.

Erik has completed the MBSR Teaching Online program offered by Brown University’s Center for Mindfulness, supporting instructors in offering the 8-week MBSR program live online, with skill, ease and interactivity.


Meditation and Mindfulness, Zen and Puritanism, Composition


Research Summary/Interests

Meditation – mastery for health and well-being
Meditation – historical, cultural, and scientific background
Mindfulness-based stress reduction


Nothing on my Mind: Berkeley, LSD, Two Zen Masters (Shambhala 1996)

Asking Good Questions, Getting Good Writing: A Teacher's Handbook (Minnesota State Community College System 1985)

Zen On Ice (Quest Winter 1998 )

Earth's Original Face (Shambhala Sun March 2001)

Sawtooth Sesshin (Shambhala Sun March 2002).