Jules Shuzen Harris asks: in the infinity of suchness, how do you achieve spiritual progress?
Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller explain’s Bodhidharma’s famous practice of wall-gazing.
The practice of koan study isn’t so different from teaching math, says high school teacher Pat Higgiston.
Norman Fischer looks at the koan “Dasui’s Aeonic Fire” and takes on the end of the world. It’s happening right now, he says, but probably not in the way that you think.
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.
Jan Chozen Bays on shikantaza and koan study, Zen’s two primary practices.
James Ishmael Ford finds that an ancient Zen story’s wisdom speaks quite well to our confusion around questions of identity, sexuality, and gender.