Zen Embodiment Bare Bones Conversations: Episode 2 Laura Cleveland

In this episode with Zen practitioner Laura Cleveland, we hear her story, what brought her to Zen, and about her time at Tassajara. In the second half we discuss topics such as: Why would a young person go to a monastery, feeling energy in zazen, accessing the tanden, as well as what drew her to…

Zen Embodiment Podcast Episode 1 Genryo Bradley Jones

I have begun doing these simple conversations with fascinating people about Movement, Meditation, and Internal Process. Here is the Zen Embodiment Podcast Episode 1 with my very good friend Genryo Bradley Jones. Genryo Bradley Jones went from a punk rock skateboarder to a Rinzai Zen Monk. Now he is a husband and a father. We…

Internal Process Incomplete Recommended Reading List

I’ve been teaching these Internal Process classes for the last few months.  I put together a very incomplete reading list for the people joining the class and in the group on Facebook.  These books have been helpful to me in my internal process work.  I’ll add to it over time.  Please suggest books in the…

Hopes for Zen in the West

  When Teresa and I first went to Tahoma One Drop and experienced Zen we were so shocked by how good it felt there.  And how unmistakably cool the head monk was.  Teresa was coming directly from college and I was drifting around aimlessly.  I guess I kind of expected the head monk to be…

Zen’s Long Slow Humbling Healing Process of the Heart.

In Zen, much of the focus is on doing Tanden energy work.  Please see my article on Tanden to learn about it.  The Tanden work is huge and never ending, but with time and experience, it becomes apparent that we are also doing heart energy work, the long healing process of working out our emotional…

How Sanzen Shaped My Way of Doing Bodywork

  “If we open ourselves completely, consciously or unconsciously, we are ready to listen to the voiceless voice of the universe.” – Dainin Katagiri Recently someone asked me what my practice looks like now that I am not doing koan work intensively in the monastery.  This post is a bit of a response to that…

Describing Traditional Rinzai Koan Training

I spent my twenties in Monasteries in Japan and The United States. Being a Zen monk is kind of like being a primordial energy wizard. Imagine spending twenty-four hours a day focusing on something that most of the world does not know exists. Zazen (Zen Meditation) is a way to tap into this great life energy,…

Spiritual Pirates

There seems to be a feeling among some practitioners who have never lived in a monastery or Zen center, that it is some kind of cloistered, strange place, where socially awkward people go to be alone and get away from society. That society is one thing and the temple is separate. I thought this as…