About Richard

Writing into the unknown through the known.

A Fabricated History

(Every life is a story)

As a poet, (one using words) my life began in 1996 as a kind of by-product of doing intensive inner work in large and small groups facilitated by Dale Goldstein in Dale's incredibly helpful Heartwork process. Before that, I had spent many years in this "Who Am I" work, beginning as a fine arts painter and later in the sixties with explorations of alternative communities (see Roberta Price's wonderful books, Huerfano and Across the Great Divide). In the early seventies I began a long journey with Buddhism, and moved to Rochester NY to study and practice Zen with one of the first American teachers to authentically practice in Japan, Philip Kapleau, Roshi. I am eternally grateful for the compassion he exerted in keeping myself, and so many others at that time, directed to and firmly on the path of the Buddha's Dharma. However, the particular aspect of training that my own path neglected was the path of the sensitive heart. This path was activated by the feminine presence of my other teacher at the time, Toni Packer. When Toni later established her own Center and teachings of Presence and Awareness, I began an independent journey—one which for many years was concerned more with the murkiness of Parsifal's dark wood of disorientation and descent, than ascent. It was through a Men's Group made up of numerous Rochester Zen Center expatriates that I was led to Heartwork. One day after a long walk in the woods, I returned to my car with my first unexpected poem flowing out onto scraps of old paper, and my journey of the inner heart—through words—had begun.

Book Designer and Illustrator

Richard is also an illustrator and book designer, who specializes in books concerned with the spiritual, the expressions of soul, esoteric writings, or just about anything concerned with an authentic inner life. While he has done work for traditional publishers, the upsurge of self-publishing venues like CreateSpace, Lulu, BookBaby and iUniverse opens the doorway for individuals and small publishers to use his creative services. You can find a portfolio of his work here, at www.merlinwood.net.

The Heart of the world is the world without, within…

Merlinwood Books
PO Box 146
East Bloomfield NY 14443
Merlinwood Books publishes Richard Wehrman's poetry and other writings, as well as other select works.
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