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Less Than Two: Gender and Zen


"Our duty, as practitioners of any gender, is to say yes to whatever arises and then to act from the balanced place of response rather than reactivity." https://www.lionsroar.com/a-woman-of-zen/.


I met Myozen Blacker in 2012 when Taiun Elliston-roshi and I travelled to Worcester Massachusetts to visit her and her husband who were practice-leaders at the Boundless Way Zen Center. It was a lively place with a lot of laughter and discussions and a different approach to service than I had experienced. Much louder and faster chanting and kinhin that we practice in the Silent Thunder Order. I had do do something although I felt different doing so.


Feeling and doing are not always aligned and Myozen-sensei, describes this sensation from a gender perspective, as in role playing one way but being seen by others in a hard caste-like stereotype-a kind of foot in both worlds.