Like many in the "Theravadin World", I came to it via the Mahayana - that is - Chan or Zen world. Ever since my brother through that book of Zen Koans at me when I was 13.
The Zen and Chan teachings always seemed - well - faintly ridiculous to me. Too "lotusy", too superstitious, too 'magical'.
It was only when I bumped into the teachings of Ajahn Sumedho that it made sense - rational, logical, very down-to-earth non-lotusy - that Buddhism 'made sense" to me. Then it was off to Ven AJ. Chah, the Pali Canon, Ven Bodhi, etc etc etc and so forth.
But, aside from the beautiful gathas written by various Chan/Zen Bikshus and Bikshunis and my tendency to "speak" here in an informal sorta-zen-like way, I really don't have any "ken" for "zen". It never spoke to me.
It's too bad the Nagas didn't keep those sutras locked up - I told my pet Naga Binky not to give the key to anyone!
From Mt Meru,