Joan Sutherland, Judy Roitman, and Bodhin Kjolhede examine the practice of koan introspection and how different traditions approach it.
Each Friday, we share three topical longreads in our Weekend Reader newsletter. This week, Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi explores Zen koan practice.
John Tarrant demystifies Zen koan practice. Yes, it’s paradoxical, poetic, and totally personal. And so is life.
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.
James Ishmael Ford finds that an ancient Zen story’s wisdom speaks quite well to our confusion around questions of identity, sexuality, and gender.
Is the Dude a Zen master? His enigmatic pronouncements are certainly food for thought—or nonthought.
Zen teacher Norman Fischer takes you through the principles and practices of the major schools of Zen. Includes specially selected articles for further reading.
Rei Kawakubo, the Japanese designer behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, has compared her work to Zen koan practice.
We constantly face the challenge of emotional turmoil and restless mind. Karen Maezen Miller suggests you cut off your conflicting emotions at their root.
Jules Shuzen Harris asks: in the infinity of suchness, how do you achieve spiritual progress?