Michael Elliston has enjoyed a robust career in the creative professions: fine art graphic arts product design development and consumer research marketing, planning and design. He was also a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus. He continues consulting in a variety of areas of innovation with emerging hi-tech companies. Michael began training as a Zen priest in the 1960s, underwent ordination, and founded the Atlanta Soto Zen Center in the 1970s. He is currently Abbot and guiding teacher of one of the largest and most active networks of Zen centers for lay practitioners in the United States and Canada.

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