How Not to Move I Koun Franz I DharmaCrafts

How Not to Move - Koun Franz

In the Zen tradition, we mark the Buddha’s awakening on December 8. Many Zen practitioners attend a retreat (sesshin) in the week prior, called Roh...
How Not to Move I Koun Franz I DharmaCrafts

How Not to Move - Koun Franz

In the Zen tradition, we mark the Buddha’s awakening on December 8. Many Zen practitioners attend a retreat (sesshin) in the week prior, called Roh...
Even Superman Doesn't Feel Like Superman I Koun Franz I DhamraCrafts

Even Superman Doesn't Feel Like Superman - Koun Franz

I’m a big Superman fan. I’m not an expert, not by any means—I’ve mostly just watched the movies. And I should clarify that I’m probably more a fan ...
When Practice Starts to Look Like Burnout I Koun Franz I DharmaCrafts

When Practice Starts to Look Like Burnout - Koun Franz

At the start of the pandemic, I’d ask someone, “How are you?” and sometimes the response was a kind of bewilderment at the question—how could we ev...
About Zazen I DharmaCrafts

About Zazen

What is Zazen Meditation? Zazen meditation is often referred to as seated meditation or zen meditation.  It is the primary practice of Zen Buddhis...
What Words Do You Need to Hear? I Koun Franz I DharmaCrafts

What Words Do You Need to Hear? - Koun Franz

Whether you practice Zen or not, you probably know a Zen koan (in Chinese, kong-an) or two already. At least one—“What is the sound of one hand cla...
How Do We Know What's "Right"? I DharmaCrafts

How Do We Know What's "Right"? - Koun Franz

The Buddha’s teaching of the Four Noble Truths goes like this: (1) all of our lives are characterized by dukkha, this chronic dissatisfaction; (2) ...
Legend of Kuan Yin I DharmaCrafts

The Legend of Kuan Yin

Who is Kuan Yin? Kuan Yin (also spelled Guanyin and Quan Yin) is a well known figure in the Buddhist pantheon.  In Sanskrit, her name is Padma-pân...
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness I DharmaCrafts

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness - Koun Franz

What is mindfulness? In the world of so-called “secular mindfulness,” the most common working definition is “the awareness that arises from paying ...
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...