It’s Not So Easy: The Apprenticeship Model for Zen Training

During a sesshin dokusan in 1981, after practicing with Katagiri Roshi for three or four years, I asked him if he'd ordain me.During this period, I'd been living a few blocks from the Minnesota Zen Center and like my fellow committed students, I attended most morning zazen sessions, 5am - 7am (including a short service) and evening zazen, 7:30pm - 9pm.Roshi gave a talk every Wednesday night on a sutra or a koan, usually as part of a long series, so I didn't miss many of them. We also had … [Read more...]