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.
Information about our Zen training organization can be found at wisconsinzen.org.