Sunday, March 9, 2014
Our Twelve AND Zen Culture
This article by John Tarrant (my teacher and founder of Pacific Zen Institute) comes to you from the Spring 2014 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly. What John is telling us is exactly what Pacific Zen Institute (PZI) is doing and how it is doing it. We are building a culture.
But I can't help but think about my 12 Step program and fellowship. This, too, is a culture. When I read his seven parameters, I thought, "This is what we do in meetings!" We look behind the "no trespassing" signs, we speak from the heart, we listen to all the voices in the room, new people count, and we have very few rules.
When people ask me about my "program", I tell them about 12 & Zen...the Twelve Steps and Zen koans, this is my practice... This is the culture that we have here.
Lots to be grateful for,