Koun Franz

Koun Franz

Koun Franz is a Soto Zen priest. He leads practice at Thousand Harbours Zen in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Recent Articles

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Step Into Awareness with Walking Meditation

Walking meditation is not just an opportunity to stretch our legs, says Koun Franz. It’s a practice in living all of life as meditation.

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Los “Cinco Recordatorios” del Budismo: Un llamado al despertar para todos

Perfectamente claros, compasivos y concisos, los "Cinco Recordatorios" son de lo mejor del budismo. Explica Koun Franz.

The Eightfold Path: Right View

Koun Franz on seeing what’s in front of you, even the things you’d rather not see.

How to Feed All Beings

Koun Franz contemplates how caring for ourselves is caring for all.

It’s About Time : 20 Years of Buddhadharma

Editor Koun Franz introduces the 20th anniversary issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Guide, which looks back at where Western Buddhism has been, and what might lie ahead.

The View from This Shore

Koun Franz considers what it means when a path of transcendence leaves us right where we always were.

The Ordinary, Extraordinary Teacher

Buddhadharma Editor Koun Franz on meeting his teacher for the first time. 

The Jewel We Make

How do we take refuge in sangha? For Buddhadharma editor Koun Franz, it’s all about embracing change.

Does a Dog Have Buddhanature?

Koun Franz ponders the famous koan and the Zen master’s enigmatic answer (it’s not woof).

Buddhism’s “Five Remembrances” Are Wake-Up Calls for Us All

Perfectly clear, compassionate, and concise, the "Five Remembrances" are Buddhism at its very best. Koun Franz explains.

How Does Buddhism Speak to Us Today: An Interview with Stephen Batchelor

Stephen Batchelor talks to <em>Buddhadharma</em> deputy editor Koun Franz about the importance of study in Buddhist practice and the relevance of the Buddha's teachings to modern life.

10 Precepts for Parents

John Becvar uses the Zen precepts as a guide for peaceful parenting that gives our childen love, trust, and self-confidence.

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Why Forms are Fundamental to Buddhist Practice

Embrace the ritual forms of Buddhist practice, says Buddhadharma deputy editor Koun Franz — you can't escape them anyway.

Buddhist Ethics in the 21st Century

Koun Franz explains what ethics has meant in his own practice.

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A Zen read of the visual language of “Arrival”

If the new film Arrival had you thinking about “Zen circles,” you’re not the only one. Buddhadharma Deputy Editor Koun Franz on the happy accident of the film’s unique approach to alien communication.

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Ocean, Meet Boy

As we moved from Japan to Nova Scotia, we found ourselves in Hawaii, a place that is a world entirely without category for our kids.

Review: “Icons and Iconoclasm in Japanese Buddhism: Kukai and Dogen on the Art of Enlightenment”

Review: “Icons and Iconoclasm in Japanese Buddhism: Kukai and Dogen on the Art of Enlightenment”

Icons and Iconoclasm in Japanese Buddhism: Kukai and Dogen on the Art of Enlightenment By Pamela D. Winfield Oxford University Press, 2013 When I was a novice at Shogoji monastery, every day I passed by some framed calligraphy by the main doors of the dharma hall, excerpts from the Ten Examples of Suchness (junyoze). For…

Seeing Dharma

Koun Franz reviews "Icons and Iconoclasm in Japanese Buddhism: Kukai and Dogen on the Art of Enlightenment", by Pamela D. Winfield.