Ken Kushner

Kenneth Setsuzan Kushner is a priest and Zen Master in the Chozen-ji line of Rinzai Zen. He also holds the rank of Kyoshi in the Chozen-ji School of Kyudo (“Zen Archery”). Kushner Roshi founded the Wisconsin Betsuin in 1982 and is the principal instructor in the Madison Dojo. In addition, he teaches kyudo in both Madison and Spring Green, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Betsuin and the Institute for Zen Leadership.

Kushner Roshi holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. He is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and practices at Wingra Family Medical Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Madison. He is the author of One Arrow, One Life: Zen, Archery and Enlightenment and co-author of Zen Kyudo. In recent years, Kushner Roshi has been concentrating on hara development; he has a blog on that subject.


One Arrow One Life: Zen, Archery and Enlightenment

One Arrow, One Life is the ultimate study of kyudo (the art of traditional Japanese archery) and its relation to the ideals and practice of Zen Buddhism. But it’s much more: It also serves perfectly as an informal manual of practice for anyone who wants to bring a living, moving Zen into the activities of everyday life. Beginning with a solid introduction to the foundation techniques of both kyudo and zazen-breathing, posture, and concentration-and quickly moving on to the subtleties of advanced practice, Ken Kushner then ties it all together into a personal testimony of the pervasiveness of Zen in everyday life. For those interested in Zen and moving meditation, kyudo practitioners of all levels, as well as students of the Way of martial arts, this volume, beautifully illustrated with line drawings by Jackson Morisawa, is an indispensable guidebook.

Sales link for Zen Kyudo


Hacking the Hara Video Talk (blurb)

Link to the article “You Cannot Wash off Blood with Blood”

Hara Development Blog

Zen Calligraphy