Bodhidharma's Shoe (2008)

Stuart Lach's criticism of American Zen

Stuart Lachs is a long time student of Zen, a scholar, and a critic of how Zen (especially Japanese Zen) has been adopted by Americans. His essay Means of Authorization: Establishing Hierarchy in Ch'an/Zen Buddhism in America is a scholarly and penetrating criticism of Zen by a person who knows and loves the practice. He points out healthy directions for this valuable addition to American religious culture.