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 ...
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...
Don't Forget The Way Back Home- Koun Franz

Don't Forget The Way Back Home- Koun Franz

If you had to choose, would you say that right now you live in heaven, in hell, or somewhere in between? Well, Buddhism has a list for that (it has...
Make A Vow- Koun Franz

Make A Vow- Koun Franz

In monasteries in Japan, after morning zazen, we would move from the monks’ hall to the dharma hall and chant for about an hour. We’d chant about t...
First Wake Up To This - Koun Franz

First Wake Up To This - Koun Franz

There’s a lot of talk in Buddhism about awakening—a buddha is literally “one who is awake,” so there’s no getting away from it. But we can get stuc...
Breathe It In

Breathe It In

When you watch the news and see how others across the world are suffering, what do you do? What can you do right now, in this moment, at the moment...
Freedom I DharmaCrafts

Freedom

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom. Maybe you have too. I don’t have it bad. I’m at home with my family, and we have what we need. Bu...
Who Are You On This Retreat?

Who Are You On This Retreat?

being still
The first time I attended a sesshin—a weeklong Zen meditation retreat—I spent the entire week wanting to escape. We sat on our cushions from 3:30am...
The Path To Fearlessness

The Path To Fearlessness

buddhism
I don’t know what’s going to happen next. That’s always true, of course, and easy to forget. But right now, when I look to the future—a month ahead...
The Practice of Not Touching Your Face

The Practice of Not Touching Your Face

being mindful
A few weeks ago, when COVID-19 still seemed much more distant than it does now, I read the first article telling me not to touch my face. As soon a...
Moment of Silence

Moment of Silence

buddhism
Last November 11, Remembrance Day here in Canada, I was driving to the store, listening to the radio, when the DJ abruptly announced that there wo...