Issue 1 • Winter 2016

Doing it Wrong

Doing it wrong is one of those things that indicates that we are alive. We chose this theme for the first issue because, well, we like it; it is at the core of our understanding of Zen, and in any endeavor it’s hard to get going unless you are willing to do it wrong. In all “spirituality” there’s the strain of wanting to be pure and correct. It goes along the lines of, “We’re going to get it right – and make sure you get it right, too.”

We’re going in the opposite direction, though. In the world to which koans point, we’ve discovered that it’s better to include the whole of our lives. It’s not about being a believer or about pushing life into a shape that already has a label on it. The life we’re living has many unshapely loose ends, sorrows, and vanities which don’t yet need to be fixed. Our obstacles are the only route into wonder. The life we’re living is not the wrong life.

So how do we do it wrong? If you trust yourself you’ll find the way.

– John Tarrant

Doing it wrong is one of those things that indicates that we are alive. We chose this theme for the first issue because, well, we like it; it is at the core of our understanding of Zen, and in any endeavor it’s hard to get going unless you are willing to do it wrong. In all “spirituality” there’s the strain of wanting to be pure and correct. It goes along the lines of, “We’re going to get it right – and make sure you get it right, too.”

We’re going in the opposite direction, though. In the world to which koans point, we’ve discovered that it’s better to include the whole of our lives. It’s not about being a believer or about pushing life into a shape that already has a label on it. The life we’re living has many unshapely loose ends, sorrows, and vanities which don’t yet need to be fixed. Our obstacles are the only route into wonder. The life we’re living is not the wrong life.

So how do we do it wrong? If you trust yourself you’ll find the way.

– John Tarrant