Roshi Ken (ICS President Ken Byalin) says: "I’m not a typical Zen teacher. My Zen practice manifests as social action. Integration Charter Schools is a manifestation of the practice."

Be Unprepared

We train our teachers to be prepared. In Evelyn Finn’s words, “To fail to plan is to plan to fail.” Yes. This is true. But perhaps in the process, we have underemphasized the counter theme — “It’s not going to happen the way you planned it.” The teacher’s delusion — we used to hear it […]

My Other Teachers III — Roshi Robert Kennedy

In many spiritual traditions, students are discouraged by their teachers from exploring other teachers or alternative teachings. Many Zen teachers discourage or even forbid their students attending sesshins (retreats) led by other teachers. There are some good reasons for this. It is easy for students, particularly early on their path, to get confused and then […]

My Other Teachers II — Jishu

In many spiritual traditions, students are discouraged by their teachers from exploring other teachers or alternative teachings. Many Zen teachers discourage or even forbid their students attending sesshins (retreats) led by other teachers. There are some good reasons for this. It is easy for students, particularly early on their path, to get confused and then […]

My Other Teacher I — Kyudo Roshi

  In many spiritual traditions, students are discouraged by their teachers from exploring any other teachers or alternative teachings. In fact, many Zen teachers discourage or even forbid their students from attending sesshins (retreats) led by other teachers. There are some good reasons for this. It’s easy for students, particularly early on their path, to […]

It’s All About the People

People create the opportunities for us. They provide the energy. They invent the solutions. There may actually be entrepreneurs who figure it all out for themselves, come up with this brilliant idea and plan it all out and then go and hire the people they need to assist with the implementation. But it was never […]

The Five Buddha Families – Social Action

I was first introduced to the Five Buddha Families by my teacher Roshi Bernie Glassman: Buddha (Spirituality), Vajra (Study), Ratna (Livelihood), Padma (Community), and Karma (Social Action). Together, they constitute the Mandala [1] of our lives. The five Buddha are a way of thinking about our lives, and we can use them to assess our […]

The Five Buddha Families – Community

 I was first introduced to the Five Buddha Families by my teacher Roshi Bernie Glassman: Buddha (Spirituality), Vajra (Study), Ratna (Livelihood), Padma (Community), and Karma (Social Action). Together, they constitute the Mandala[1] of our lives. The five Buddha are a way of thinking about our lives, and we can use them to assess our individual […]

The Five Buddha Families – Study

I was first introduced to the Five Buddha Families by my teacher Roshi Bernie Glassman: Buddha (Spirituality), Vajra (Study), Ratna (Livelihood), Padma (Community), and Karma (Social Action). Together, they constitute the Mandala[1] of our lives. The five Buddha are a way of thinking about our lives, and we can use them to assess our individual […]

The Five Buddha Families – Livelihood

I was first introduced to the Five Buddha Families by my teacher Roshi Bernie Glassman: Buddha (Spirituality), Vajra (Study), Ratna (Livelihood), Padma (Community), and Karma (Social Action). Together, they constitute the Mandala[1] of our lives. The five Buddha Families are a way of thinking about our lives, and we can use them to assess our […]

The Five Buddha Families – Spirituality

I was first introduced to the Five Buddha Families by my teacher Roshi Bernie Glassman: Buddha (Spirituality), Vajra (Study), Ratna (Livelihood), Padma (Community), and Karma (Social Action). Together, they constitute the Mandala[1] of our lives. The five Buddha are a way of thinking about our lives, and we can use them to assess our individual […]