Dear members of the Tree Leaf Forum:

I have just joined the forum, and Jundo has invited me to introduce myself.

Iím a writer, a retired English professor,and a longtime practitioner of Vipassana and Zen. Until my retirement last year, I taught literature, writing, and classical guitar at Alfred University here in western New York. My areas of concentration were modern poetry and Irish literature. I continue to teach an honors course in Buddhist meditation and to lead the Falling Leaf Sangha, a lay sitting group for students and the community. You can find information about our sangha at If you are ever in our area, please feel welcome to join us.


Ben Howard