The Chozen-ji line of Rinzai Zen places a strong emphasis on the development of breath, posture and a relaxed state of concentration. This focus takes place for both beginners and the most advanced practitioners, resulting in a body-centered form of Zen training. Coming out of this training environment, three of us have each found ways to bring our physical training into patient-care settings: Ken Kushner as a clinical psychologist in the field of family medicine, Gordon Greene as a hospital chaplain, and Alex Greene as a body worker. We use the phrase “therapeutic stance” as a way of emphasizing the physicality of our work and will use this blog site as a way of telling stories and exploring ideas so that we can better introduce these ideas into healing arts and practices.
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