Please find a selection of links on the right for external sites related to the MOQ, the ZMM route and Buddhism!






The MOQ Shop



UK hardback edition




Pirsig PhD Introduction



Facebook page for this website



Papers on this website:

Inspirationality Essay-Part 1

Inspirationality Essay-Part 2

Inspirationality Essay-Part 3

The 1993 AHP Transcript-Part 1

The 1993 AHP Transcript-Part 2

The 1993 AHP Transcript-Part 3

David Granger's Aesthetics Paper

Evolution, Time & Order Paper

Selections from the 1993 AHP transcript

David Buchanan's Oxford Lecture

PhD Commentary

An Open Letter to Sam Harris

Art & the MOQ by Robert Pirsig

An Introduction to
 Robert Pirsig’s Metaphysics of Quality

An MOQ Summary by Robert Pirsig

David Buchanan's Art & Morality Paper

Gavin Gee-Clough's "Brisbane Winter" Paper 


Sneddon Thesis

- Part One


Sneddon Thesis - Part Two

David Buchanan's 2006 Paper

Observer Interview

Notes on the tetralemma

The MOQ & Time

The MOQ & Education

Pirsig & Pragmatism

Chai at the Lazy Lounge












































‘ exists to provide a forum for discussion and study of the Metaphysics of Quality as proposed by Robert M. Pirsig in his books Lila: An Inquiry into Morals and Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.’




Historical site information on ZMM route

A website run by Henry Gurr, retired Professor of Physics Emeritus, USCA, primarily existing to identify buildings and the route described in Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  It includes the original photographs taken by Robert Pirsig on the 1968 trip as well as nearly 1300 photos taken of the route by Professor Gurr in 2002 and 2006 where he attempts to find and photograph the actual places described in the book. Gurr goes into some detail so making this website an invaluable resource for anyone planning to travel the original '68 route for themselves.




The Green Beautiful Blog by Gavin Gee-Clough

Gavin is a " a gestalt entity comprising innumerable selves and self-replicating machine elves. on tuesdays he is half-price."  He also does one of the best MOQ influenced blogs on this green beautiful world of ours!




Michael Round's Center for autoSOCRATIC EXCELLENCE
Using the philosophy in ZMM as one of his primary guides, Michael Round seeks the integration of mathematics, science, computer programming and logical thinking into a single unit of investigative discovery and understanding.  




Sam Norton's Elizaphanian blogspot

The Rev Sam Norton is a very busy man with a sailing community, four parishes and four children to look after!  However,  he still has time to write a blog on the MOQ, Wittgenstein, general philosophy, local politics and theology which will be of special interest to those concerned with the issues of peak oil and global warming... and an Alaskan housewife called Sarah Palin.  




A book well worth reading especially for budding politicians!



Psybertron Pirsig Pages

Many interesting articles and links here related to the life and work of Robert Pirsig. ‘I find Pirsig’s Metaphysics of Quality and his Dynamical layers of values the closest thing to my own real-world experience, which has led me on a search for pragmatic alternatives to the hyper-rationalism of an exclusively scientific view of the world, in day-to-day organisational life.’ Ian Glendinning, website owner.




The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies

The Buddhist tradition is central to any understanding of human culture, social history and contemporary reality. As Asia rises and western interest grows, its importance is increasingly recognised. In the modern academy, it has been relatively little studied and understood.  The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies (‘OCBS’) works to remedy that. It studies Buddhist texts and the thinking and practice they present, and also Buddhist social history from the origins to the present day. It does so from original sources, written and oral, in the languages that past and present representatives of the tradition have used. Accordingly, it is able to treat the Buddhist tradition as an interdisciplinary field of study in its own right.




Mark Richardson's Zen & Now website

Mark Richardson is the award winning editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star newspaper and also the author of Zen & Now which tells of how Mark tuned up his old motorcycle and became a "Pirsig pilgrim",  following the original route travelled by Robert Pirsig in 1968. Not only does Mark meet some of the original characters in ZMM such as John Sutherland and Gennie DeWeese, there's also plenty of new biographical material (largely derived from Nancy and Ted Pirsig).  This website features new, chapter-by-chapter photographs from his journey in addition to photographs from Pirsigs' original journey. 



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Christoph Bartneck's ZMM route website

In ZMM, Pirsig mentions several towns he and his son visit during their motorcycle tour. Several people have followed the route the Pirsigs took but if you cannot take the tour yourself, you might be interested in the aerial views of the towns collated (via links) at this website. Many of the surrounding lakes, rivers and mountains are also evident.




Gennie De Weese website

Robert & Gennie DeWeese were friends of Robert Pirsig that he met while at Montana State College and are famously mentioned in Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  Until recently, Gennie was still working and some of her paintings can be viewed at the family website in the link above.  Gennie says: ‘I’m not an innovator but, rather, an observer. How to translate the visual impact of the seen into the visual language with the most economy of means in the primary goal. It’s always the next one that will succeed!’ 



Minnesota Zen Center

Minnesota Zen Meditation Center was formed when the founding head teacher, Dainin Katagiri Roshi was invited to come from California in 1972 to teach a small but growing group of Minneapolis students interested in the dharma.  One of these students was Robert Pirsig.  The Center continues to welcome all those who would like to practice Zen Buddhist meditation.




The Plott Project in the Global History of Philosophy

John Plott was a colleague of Robert Pirsig’s at Benares University: ‘It seems as though [John] was closer to the MOQ at that time than I was.’  The Plott website notes: ‘Persons interested in the comparative and historical study of philosophies, religions, civilizations and cultures will be able to appreciate and benefit from the Plott project in the global history of philosophy.  The project possesses both a published and unpublished corpus, a completed and ongoing task, and a written, oral, and now Internet set of traditions.’



Native American Sites on the World Wide Web

This website is run by Lisa Mitten (a mixed-blood Mohawk Indian) who was formerly a librarian for 14 years at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2000, she became the Social Sciences Subject Editor for anthropology, history and sociology for CHOICE magazine.  ‘My goal is to facilitate communication among Native peoples and between Indians and non-Indians by providing access to home pages of Native American Nations and organizations, and to other sites that provide solid information about American Indians.’




The Sidis Archives

From American cultural history to fundamental physics, ‘the great discoveries of William James Sidis are coming to light.’  This website which is run by Dan Mahoney notes most of them.  




Nick and Lydia show us where it's at in New Zealand.  His MINI has now even started!

Look out for Nick's article about motoring acronyms on this website!



Some redundant blogs on Pirsig's work:



Paul Turner's Twelve Links weblog

The old blog of Paul's on the MOQ and other related philosophy which though no longer updated has some good academic writing.  Don't forget to check out Paul's more recent philosophical contributions on this website.  Such as:


Inspirationality Essay-Part 2




From the perspective of infinity

"From the perspective of infinity" was a blog by Dr Ariella Popple (not Prof. Buzz Lightyear!) which was inspired by Robert Pirsig's work and seeked to examine what is meant by the good life.   "I would like to figure out what really matters. For me, that means figuring out how to live, or what is good."


Caryl Johnston's Meta-Q weblog

Another blog which hasn't been updated for a while.  Here you will find a series of insightful essays about the MOQ by Caryl Johnston written in 2007 and 2008.