The Discomfort of Dharma I DharmaCrafts

The Discomfort of Dharma - Koun Franz

What do you believe? I don’t mean what you know—you know about Newtonian physics, you know what street you live on. What do you take on faith? If y...
The Discomfort of Dharma I DharmaCrafts

The Discomfort of Dharma - Koun Franz

What do you believe? I don’t mean what you know—you know about Newtonian physics, you know what street you live on. What do you take on faith? If y...
Buddhism in Tibet I DharmaCrafts

Buddhism in Tibet

Tibetan Buddhism is the most widely practiced religion in the Himalayan areas. Buddhism was first introduced in Tibet in the late 7th century CE wh...
Two Gates to the Path I DharmaCrafts

Two Gates to the Path - Koun Franz

The story of Bodhidharma, the Indian monk who brought Zen teachings to China 1500 years ago, is all drama: a dangerous voyage, conflicts with royal...
This is What Wisdom Looks Like I DharmaCrafts

This is What Wisdom Looks Like - Koun Franz

Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom, is an unpredictable figure. In many depictions, he holds a sword raised and looks like he’s about to strike; ...
Thích Nhất Hạnh I DharmaCrafts

Thích Nhất Hạnh

Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Zen Master, poet, and activist.  Hanh was born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo on October 11, 1926 in the ancient imperial capital of Huế in C...
Buddhist Monks I DharmaCrafts

Buddhist Monks – Entering Monastic Life in Pursuit of Enlightenment

Triratna is a Sanskrit word that means ‘Three Jewels.’ It is also often referred to as the Threefold Refuge and represents Buddha, the dharma (teac...
Your Hair is On Fire I DharmaCrafts

Your Hair is On Fire - Koun Franz

One of my favorite Zen texts is “Notes on What to Be Aware of in Zazen,” by Keizen Jokin. Re-reading it recently, I found myself thinking about thi...
Three Part Guided Meditation For Difficult Emotions  I DharmaCrafts

Three Part Guided Meditation Script For Difficult Emotions - Mark Van Buren

Intro: 2,600 years ago, the Buddha taught that life will inevitably have some degree of sorrow, pain, and difficulty. It’s nothing personal. We are...
Shakyamuni Buddha - Sage of the Shakya I DharmaCrafts

Shakyamuni Buddha - Sage of the Shakya

When we speak about Buddha, we are referring to any one of a number of beings. ‘Buddha’ refers to ‘one who woke up’ as in a being that obtained enl...
This Is the Last Time I DharmaCrafts Blog

This Is the Last Time - Koun Franz

My dad passed away a couple months ago. As so often happens, the funeral became a kind of reunion—people from different parts of my dad’s life conv...
Never Get In The Way of Compassion I DharmaCrafts

Never Get In The Way of Compassion - Koun Franz

In the West, discussions of Buddhism tend to focus on three broad traditions: Theravada (or Insight), Zen in its various forms, or the many schools...