Sunday, June 17, 2018
The Language of Dragons
My teacher James Ishmael Ford, Roshi has just come out with his latest book, and it's a true treasure. Called "Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons" it is even more than what its title promises. A comprehensive introduction to Zen practice, it establishes the context for koan practice within the history of Zen and the other great practices that accompany and deepen koan study: breath and shikantaza (just sitting) practices. James is a wonderful and down-to-earth guide to Zen, and especially to the style of Zen in which I apprenticed with him, both before and after he gave me Dharma transmission. I owe him so much, and you owe it to yourself to read this wise and warm book.