Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, Ph.D., began Zen practice in 1971. Between 1989 and 2010 he studied with his root teacher, Sojun Mel Weitsman.With his encouragement Bob established the Meadowmind sangha in the Sierra foothills and participated as a founding member of the Lay Zen Teachers’ Association. He has taught at numerous sanghas in the United States, Australia, and Finland; in 2019, he received denkai in Ordinary Mind Zen from Karen Terzano.
Bob found a natural complement to Zen in the Taoist practice of Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong as taught by Master Hui Liu in the lineage of Grandmaster Yang Meijun. In 1991 Master Liu authorized Bob as a teacher; at her request, he brought Dayan Qigong to numerous dharma centers, medical clinics, and schools of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the USA and worldwide. He continues to teach master classes and train teachers at the Wen Wu school in El Cerrito.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1980, he divided his time between clinical neuropsychology, brief psychotherapy, and behavioral medicine. He was a Fulbright Professor at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India. Working at Kaiser Permanente with his colleagues Moshe Talmon and Michael Hoyt, he pioneered groundbreaking work on Single Session Psychotherapy; working with colleagues in Neurology and Medicine, he innovated programs in mind-body medicine, including qigong and meditation programs for patients with chronic pain.