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."

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 […]

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 […]

Spirituality artwork

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 […]

It's all about the people artwork

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 out and hire the people they need to assist with the implementation. But it […]