Koun Franz is an American born Soto priest who spent many years studying Zen in Japan training both at Zuioji and Shogoji monasteries. Currently he is the resident teacher at Zen Nova Scotia in Halifax.
In his blog, Nyohō Zen, he confessed, “I don’t know what zazen means . . . but I used to think I did. I knew what I wanted from it and what it meant about me. And I thought it was something I did—there was a subject and an object. But after twenty-five years of it, more than anything, it just feels honest. There’s something we recognize in that posture—we know it when we see it, and we know it when we do it. There’s peace and power and poise of a kind we intuitively grasp, and that all adds up to—something. Something I want to express. And the best way I know is to simply do it.
“At the heart of Zen practice is the notion of doing something—anything, but especially zazen—for its own sake. Not for gain, not as preparation for something else, but as a complete activity.”