Melissa Myozen Blacker teaches the Koan practice of asking again and again, “Who am I?” Every time an answer arises, set it aside. Eventually, answers stop coming, replaced by a feeling of profound wonder.
Each Friday, we share three topical longreads in our Weekend Reader newsletter. This week, Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi explores Zen koan practice.
Original sin vs. original goodness: Mahayana Buddhism offers a more hopeful view of human nature. Zen teacher Melissa Myozen Blacker reveals how nondual practice frees us from our temporary obscurations and reveals our true, awakened nature.
Melissa Myozen Blacker recounts how she, as a practitioner and a teacher, has navigated a male-dominated tradition.
Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi on how to find space and relief when painful emotions are present.
The enlightenment stories of the ancient masters are confounding to conventional mind. Their truth, says Melissa Myozen Blacker, is revealed only when our whole being becomes the koan.
Melissa Myozen Blacker proposes that awakening isn’t that complicated. It’s when we encounter something just as it is, without preconception.
Intentionally or not, lots of movies do a great job of illuminating Buddhist ideas, giving us an entertaining way to contemplate the dharma.
“Inside Out” will delight children and help them appreciate their emotions. Melissa Myozen Blacker offers tips for watching it together.
Embrace Change: leading Buddhist teachers and writers offer stories, teachings, and meditations to help us embrace the change in our lives.