The Three Minds of the Cook I DharmaCrafts

The Three Minds of the Cook- Koun Franz

Dogen, the founder of Soto Zen in Japan, wrote about how to do all the ordinary tasks of monastic life: how to use the toilet, how to open doors, h...
The Three Minds of the Cook I DharmaCrafts

The Three Minds of the Cook- Koun Franz

Dogen, the founder of Soto Zen in Japan, wrote about how to do all the ordinary tasks of monastic life: how to use the toilet, how to open doors, h...
The Zafu Cushion

The Zafu Cushion

Zafu cushions are the traditional cushions used in Japanese Zen Meditation, also known as Zazen, which is simply a seated meditation.  Eventually t...
Get Lost I DharmaCrafts

Get Lost - Koun Franz

When’s the last time you got lost? I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a city that seems to have very few straight streets or right angles. For the fir...
Non Attachment Meditation

Non Attachment Meditation

  This guided meditation is a practice in non attachment. This meditation will help you clear your mind of troubling thoughts while relieving ...
The Fourfold Assembly I DharmaCrafts

The Fourfold Assembly - Koun Franz

 In the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, which chronicles the Buddha’s last days, the Buddha says he cannot pass into nirvana until he has “accomplished, tra...
Pātācarā I DharmaCrafts

Pātācarā

Pātācarā was the daughter of a wealthy merchant. They lived in Sāvatthī, one of the six largest ancient Indian cities during Gautama Buddha's lifet...
Seeing Through Meditation- Koun Franz

Seeing Through Meditation- Koun Franz

I recently picked up a book called Discovering the True Self: Kodo Sawaki’s Art of Zen Meditation, translated by Arthur Braverman, and I got hooked...
Walking Meditation Tutorial I DharmaCrafts

Walking Meditation Tutorial

This Walking Meditation tutorial is a great way to introduce yourself to meditation if you are a beginner. Walking meditations are a fantastic exe...
Magha Puja Day

Magha Puja Day

Magha Puja Day is the second most important Buddhist festival.  It is also known as Sangha Day or Fourfold Assembly Day in many Buddhist communitie...
Self-Discipline is Overrated I DharmaCrafts Blog

Self-Discipline is Overrated- Koun Franz

In my experience, Buddhism draws a lot of people who are interested in discipline. Perhaps it’s the image we have of monastic practice, of renuncia...
Body Scan Meditation

Body Scan Meditation

This Body Scan meditation is a practice in mindfulness. Mindfulness brings us into the present moment and helps us to better understand how we are...