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."

Is This Your Dream Job?

Zen practices allows us to connect to our dreams. It helps us become aware of and drop away the conditioned thinking that often stands in the way of our even knowing what our dreams are. Zen practice also allows the aspiration to arise, to allow all people to connect to their dreams. Alternatively, it is […]

Do It Now

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. On Staten Island, Christmas lights are already going up. Have you begun to think of New Year’s Resolutions for 2018? All the things you didn’t do this year: Go on a diet? Get back to the gym?  Go back to school? Clean out a closet? Why wait until January 1? Do […]


When I was still new to consistent, every day Zen practice, I discovered Being Peace (Parallax Press, 1987), Thich Nhat Hanh’s seminal work. Parts of the book blew me away, and I was completely taken by the example of his life and his teaching. Yet he also said some things that struck me as totally […]

Our Hedgehog

My entire Zen life has been about what the Zen community calls, “practicing non-attachment.” Of course, you cannot work with or on non-attachment. Striving for non-attachment is totally illusory. You can only work with attachments, one after another, as they arise, seemingly endlessly. In my personal experience, attachments to ideas are perhaps the most challenging. […]

Teaching and Leading

Through my years of practice, I have found my way through frustration and adversity. When I see those around me suffering, I want to share what I have learned. I want to spare them my pain. “If you do this and this and this, do it consistently over a period of years, you will come […]