Zen teacher Lewis Richmond contemplates the koan of growing old.
As a prelude his five-part series, Zen teacher Lewis Richmond asks us to consider fear itself: what is fear? What are we so afraid of?
The Zen practice of just sitting, says Lewis Richmond, doesn’t help us to reach our destination. It allows us to stop having one. But how do you “go” nowhere?
Like everyone else, I have been pondering the significance and aftermath of the recent mass shooting in San Bernadino, CA.
Lewis Richmond remembers the great teacher who founded the San Francisco Zen Center and played a historic role in the establishment of Buddhism in the West.
You needn’t give harbor to thoughts of ill will, says Lewis Richmond, no matter how justified they seem to be.
A prince was so shocked that he went off to seek enlightenment. Now, birth, old age, sickness, and death is still the impetus for awakening.
“When you spend a week immersing yourself in lineage,” says Lewis Richmond, “It becomes deeper than an idea.”
How do you go about finding a teacher (and by extension, a community) that’s right for you?
Modern sangha leaders need skills that aren’t necessarily taught in traditional Buddhist training. Lewis Richmond and Grace Schireson report.