David Parks, Sensei is the Director of Open Door Zen, centered in Waco, Kentucky with sitting groups in both Kentucky and California. As a spiritual director and now as a koan teacher he has had 34 years of experience in accompanying others along life’s path. He spent 36 years as a minister in the United Church of Christ before devoting all his time and attention to teaching Zen with the Pacific Zen Institute.  David has a deep trust in life’s generosity and sees koans as vehicles for transformation, opening the heart/mind to the intimate experience of life lived freely and fully.

David has an interest in the parables, sayings, and doings of Jesus as Christian koans. His blog, Jesus Points to the Moon, explores these in depth. In addition, the Open Door: Interfaith Zen website contains commentary on roughly 60 koans used by the Pacific Zen Institute.

David is available for consultation either by phone or in person. Feel free to contact him. 

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