Saizan Owen

Saizan Owen

Saizan Owen is a poet, writer, and nature explorer whose poetry is born at the crossroads of deep ecology, Jungian dreamwork, and Buddhist and Daoist cosmology and practice. After studies in Aikidō, Buddhist studies, depth psychology, ecopsychology, and earning a M.A. in Mindfulness-Based Counseling from Naropa University in the mid-90s, he studied for a decade with an eclectic, reclusive Zen (Chan)/Pure Land Buddhist teacher who wove together zazen (meditation practice), shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”, contemplative nature walking), and poetry as a form of Dharma art. Since his teacher’s death in 2007, Saizan (Japanese: 西山, “Western Mountain”) has continued writing poetry, studying regional ecology, making annual mountain pilgrimages, and meditating on the lives and works of other hermit-poets. The School of Soft-Attention is his first book of poetry. His other poetry and writing can be found at: www.purelandpoetry.com