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.
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.
In The Story of Mu, author James Cordova proposes the classic starter koan Mu for your kids’ contemplation.
When Ben Gallagher’s partner, Zoe Nudell, was hit and killed by a drunk driver, he was left asking himself the agonizing question, “Where are you?”
The way we view time can cause us to either struggle or to live lightly. Ken Jones shows us that by seeing things as they are we can be spacious.
Authentic practice is always available to us, but it doesn’t come cheap. Konrad Ryushin Marchaj reminds us what’s really at stake.
An excerpt from The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women, an engaging anthology of Zen koans and commentaries.