Don Socha is an English professor, nature lover, writer, and husband. He is also a Buddhist. For Socha Buddhism is the philosophy that grounds and guides him.
“Buddhism is more philosophy than religion,” said Socha.
When he was 16, Socha had a job at A&W and the cook was Buddhist. The cook introduced Socha to readings and poetry about Buddhism. He started reading about the wisdom held by old men living off in the woods. Being called “nature boy” all his life this really struck home with Socha, but it wasn’t until 2000 that he became really serious in his practice of Buddhism.
Socha met a traveling Zen monk, Dale Hartmeyer, who taught him the formal ways of meditation. In 2002 Socha became an ordained Bodhisattva where he made a commitment to dedicate his life to Buddhism. He attended a meditation retreat in Montreal that was run by french monks.
“We would meditate six to seven hours a day,” explained Socha.
For the past six years Socha has made a Zen-do out of his garage. He and his wife, who is also a Bodhisattva, hold sittings Thursday nights and Sunday afternoon.