Zen is not merely an exotic practice imported from the Orient; it is the constantly fresh
realization ofTrue Nature everywhere and at every time. So, it may be expected that sparks
of Zen will be found in all cultures. Hence, having been engaged with Zen practice since 1964,
the author reminisces here about how he turned to Zen after his study of Gestalt psychology
and his encounter with Gestalt therapy in the person ofFritz Perls. Gestalt therapy as usually
practiced is not Zen, the author concludes. But if it clears the way for a glimmer of the Self
which has no need of therapy, then Gestalt is excellent preparation for Zen.
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