CURRICULUM SHMIRICULUM

Getting back to the questions from the fine, friendly folks of St. Paul. Here’s a funny one. It’s number 3 for those keeping score at home. “What is the place of common curriculum and established sequence vs. independent response to an individual student’s development in your approach to priest training?” Say what, now? I mean, […]

ONE FOR THE LADIES

And now another question from the fine folks of St. Paul: 2. What are the most important ways in which we can honor the female lineage, support the practice of women equally with that of men, and ensure balance of masculine and feminine dynamics in our practice? I dunno about this one. On the one […]

THE ABUSE OF POWER IN ZEN

Getting back to the questions posed by the good people of St. Paul to your’s truly… Question one reads: What are the most important ways to guard against abuse of power in the relationships that must develop between a teacher & students or within other sangha relationships? A good question, it is, and a very […]

IF IT’S LAY PRACTICE, HOWCUM I NEVER GET LAID?

I was in St. Paul, Minnesota a couple weeks ago talking at the Clouds In Water Zen Center. They invited me because their previous “guiding teacher” was a naughty boy and got caught with his robes around his ankles when he was supposed to be being all spiritual. Tsk, tsk, tsk. The folks there are […]

GUDO’S ANSWERS

Recently a guy named Gustav sent Gudo Nishijima a list of questions. He sent his answers out to several of his students. I thought you might enjoy seeing them. I have not rewritten these at all, so the funny grammar is still as I received it. Enjoy. 1. What is gained in Zazen? What we […]