Trees in Transition
I am originally from Bismarck, ND and have been in Fargo for the past twenty-four years. I have lived through being a farmer-rancher, welder, machinist, boiler operator and maintenance mechanic. I'm married with two adult children. To quote the Grateful Dead, Lyric, "What a long, strange trip it's been."
I started meditation practice with a couple friends at the Spirit Room eight years ago with their encouragement. Even after their resignment from the group practice I continued attending, finding that it helped calm my mind and provided more clarity and focus for my sculptures. Over time attending these weekly meditations led into discussions of Buddhism and attending the weekly Buddhist book club. Through the discussion of Buddhist texts, I began incorporating some of these practices into my daily life, finding they further aided in my mental clarity for sculpting. Eventually I visited Minneapolis where I attended retreats with Khenpo Sherab Sanpo, which transitioned me to accept Buddhism as my personal philosophy.