Authentic Practice

In a recent email exchange with Dosho, I made an offhand comment about “authentic practice.” Dosho, very reasonably, then asked me to explain what I mean by that. I want to acknowledge that there are lots of practices which I consider “authentic,” and that authentic practice can take lots of different forms in lots of different contexts.  That said, my simple answer is that authentic practice has (at least) these two components:1. Authentic practice is radically, emphatically imperson … [Read more...]

Standing in One’s Position

It's a pleasure to introduce Koun Franz to you as a guest blogger. This is great fun for me because Koun is fine, young priest and in my crystal ball, I see him as an important emerging figure. He's 100% shikantaza, Japan-Soto trained. This background gives him quite a different perspective, I think you'll agree.Koun was born in Helena, Montana, but has spent more than half of his adult life in Japan.  From 2006 to 2010, he served as resident priest of the Anchorage Zen Community (some of … [Read more...]