My name is Pablo Catalan, and I live in Madrid (Spain). I am 24 years old. I have been meditating since 2006, when my would-be girlfriend said to me: “You could use some meditation”. She taught me a technique that I didn’t really understand, so I ended up surfing the Internet looking for more detailed instructions. I came upon Buddhist meditation and philosophy, and I became immediately interested. I found an Internet forum where people discussed the teachings of the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition. There I started to read and talk about the Buddha, the teachings of Thai masters -which, I realize now, share many things with Zen- and the Pali Canon. It was in this forum where I met David (Daishin Insho), and we became close dharma-buddies.
At the same time, I found a vipassana meditation group here in Madrid, which I keep visiting frequently. My solo practice was already well established, and I soon settled in a 1-2 hours a day sitting routine. I try to do weeklong meditation retreats once a year. Besides all that, I practice Goju-Ryu Karate-Do.
A couple of years ago, my friend David told me about this Zen teacher he had met through the Internet, someone with a cool long beard called Koro Kaisan Miles. He seemed a nice guy, so I decided to write him. After some time of online correspondence, I thought it was time to make things official, and join the club. He accepted me as his student, and here I am! It is my intention to travel to Washington and ordain as a member of the Order of the Boundless Way in the near future.
In the meanwhile, I’ll keep sitting every day and trying to live better.
Gassho to everyone,