VDZS facilitator Titus O’Brien has studied Zen for nearly three decades, since he was introduced to the idea by a teacher in college – the composer and artist John Cage. Titus spent years training in both residential and non-residential centers and monasteries in both Korean and Japanese Zen schools, and has studied in other Buddhist traditions. His first Zen teacher was the Korean monk, Seung Sahn. He has spent many years training in the Soto Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki, and practice at VDZS is fundamentally oriented by the teachings of the 13th c. Soto founder, Eihei Dogen. Titus’ understanding of Zen is informed by his Christian upbringing, professional life in arts and education, as well as a lifelong interest in body and movement arts including hatha yoga and Tai Chi Ch’uan.