The King is Dead, Thank God: Reflections on New Training Models for Zen in the Global Culture

The other day I was talking with some of my Zen teacher buddies about the recent demise of the last of the Zen "patriarchs" in America."The kings are dead," I said, "and thank God."And what a mixed legacy they leave behind.It seems to me that the traditional, feudal power models that the Japanese Zen pioneers brought with them served to rapidly establish practice, enlightenment and institutions in the West AND led to serious abuses of power.Worse than in other areas in … [Read more...]