Zen Q&A How important, as American Zen students, is it to orient our practice within Japanese culture? Barry Magid September 1st 2017

Parnel asks:

I'm aware of the importance of Japanese culture and traditions in Zen Buddhism and I'm grateful for the teachings of many generations of Japanese Zen masters, but I'm concerned that this cultural heritage remains quite foreign to me. How important do you think it is for us students to orient our practice within this heritage, and if it's important, how might we go about doing this?

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