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Andy Karr is a writer, photographer, longtime meditator, and Buddhist teacher. He trained intensively with two of the great founding teachers of Western Buddhism: Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, author of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, and other classics.
Andy grew up in New York City, mostly on the upper west side of Manhattan. He studied experimental psychology at Columbia University. In 1971 he moved to San Francisco to practice and study with Suzuki Roshi who died shortly after he arrived. Meeting Trungpa Rinpoche in San Francisco, he moved to Boulder, Colorado to continue his Buddhist training.
In 1979, Andy and his family moved to Paris, France, where they lived for ten years, growing the family, working for an investment bank, starting a meditation center, and practicing, studying, and teaching Buddhism. After Trungpa Rinpoche’s death, Andy and his family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. He met Michael Wood there in the late 1990s, and studied with him for many years. The contemplative photography practice brought together his life-long passion for photography with his deep interest in teachings on perception and the nature of mind.
Andy is also the author of Contemplating Reality (Shambhala, 2007).