The Importance of Sangha I DharmaCrafts Blog

The Importance of Sangha- Koun Franz

All of Buddhism rests on three pillars, what we call the three jewels or treasures: buddha, dharma, and sangha. Strictly speaking, there can’t be a...
The Importance of Sangha I DharmaCrafts Blog

The Importance of Sangha- Koun Franz

All of Buddhism rests on three pillars, what we call the three jewels or treasures: buddha, dharma, and sangha. Strictly speaking, there can’t be a...
Who Is Jizo I DharmaCrafts Blog

Who Is Jizo? - Koun Franz

Jizo, the cherub-faced bodhisattva in red, has come to occupy a space not unlike Hotei, the rotund god of happiness so many think of as the “laughi...
Body, Breath, Mind I DharmaCrafts Blog

Body, Breath, Mind- Koun Franz

In talking about how Zen meditation (zazen) works, we talk about body (shin), breath (soku), and mind (shin—a different Chinese character from the ...
What's On Your Altar- Koun Franz

What's On Your Altar- Koun Franz

Do you have an altar?  When you want to turn your attention to the practice, to your tradition, to offering, where do you turn?  You can face in an...
What's The Point of Ceremony I DharmaCrafts Blog

What's The Point Of Ceremony - Koun Franz

If you’ve ever attended a Buddhist ceremony—I’m thinking specifically of Zen, but this is true in much of the Buddhist world—you see there’s a prog...
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"We" Instead of "I"- Koun Franz

Recently, at Zen Nova Scotia, we’ve been talking a lot about vow—what vow means for each of us, but also what it means for us as a group. Every tim...
What Is Spiritual Bypassing?- Koun Franz

What Is Spiritual Bypassing?- Koun Franz

How do you feel right now? How do you really feel? Sometimes we make this question harder than it needs to be. Maybe you know what I’m talking abou...
Ritual Holds Up The World- Koun Franz

Ritual Holds Up The World- Koun Franz

Every morning I wake up at 6:15 and go downstairs to meditate. On my way, I open the kitchen blinds to let in some light and get a glass of water, ...
For As Long As Space Endures I DharmaCrafts Blog

For As Long As Space Endures- Koun Franz

As Buddhism moved out of India, encountered different cultures, and began to take on new forms, a powerful concept arose—that of the bodhisattva. F...
Self Compassion- Koun Franz

Self Compassion- Koun Franz

At its most basic level, Buddhism is about recognizing the things we have in common. That isn’t so we can step back and understand the universe or ...
Can You Feel Yourself Falling I DharmaCrafts

Can You Feel Yourself Falling- Koun Franz

A few evenings ago, I was drifting off while reading and had a dream—maybe you’ve had this same dream—that I was falling off a chair. I jerked awak...