Ben Connelly (author) is a Soto Zen priest in the Katagiri lineage training with Tim Burkett at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. Connelly was ordained in 2009, was made shuso, or head monk, in 2012, and has been teaching at MZMC for seven years. Ben is also a professional musician and developed and leads Mindfulness in the Mountains backpacking/meditation retreats in northwest Montana. He is also currently preparing for Dharma transmission and is a strong candidate for the position of guiding teacher of MN Zen Center by fall 2013. He lives in Minneapolis, MN.