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What will Zen practice in America look like?
Barry MagidMarch 21st 2015
Zen, like many other religions, can be preoccupied with its past and when thinking about its future simply imagine more of the same. But a number of new developments have and are taking place. Rather than a monastic model of practice, meditation centers led by lay teachers like our own, are more and more prevalent in America. And as an even newer development, the mindfulness movement wants meditation to scale to be brought into the lives of millions. How do we understand these developments? Are they a corruption of practice? An inevitable logical or illogical conclusion? We are living in the middle of the story and can't say for certain where this will all go or how it will turn out.
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