Rooted Community

Evolving Dharma 

- Way of the Human is an integrative community -

Committed to waking up & showing up to the breadth & depth of our cultivating clarity, insight, & skillful compassion as we live our lives in our world. 

Way of the Human is the regional (Portland, ME) member of the Hollow Bones Rinzai Zen Order ( 

We are excited about the transition of our name from "Emergent Zen" to "Way of the Human" as we maintain the clarity and simplicity of our core Zen practice, while also opening up our work within a framing that focuses explicitly upon what it means to practice the "Way of the Human" in this our lives.  

We have spent years listening...discerning the intersection between our lives, our preparation and training, our hearts, our shadows/insecurities, our commitments, our joys, and our world around us.  

What has emerged from this period of discernment has been both a widening and deepening of our focus.  Zen practice remains our plumbline (a vast storehouse of wisdom emerging from silence, clarity, and compassion) and we are proud to maintain our relationship with Hollow Bones Rinzai Zen Order as an affiliated sangha community.  

...And we are deeply grateful for the vast treasury of wisdom and practices that we have been training in and drawing upon during the last 20 years (Adult Learning, Adult Development, Leadership Development, Hatha Yoga, Tantra, Shamanism, Christian Ministry, Body Work, Functional Nutrition, Positive Psychology, Critical Theory, Men's/Women's Work, Adventure/Experiential Education, Social Work, Social Action, Community Organizing, Permaculture, Martial Arts, Sacred Partnership, Dance, Creative arts, Sustainability, Ethics/Moral Development, Transformative Learning, Rites of Passage, Neurofeedback, etc.). 

Thank you all for being patient as we update this new website, slowly inviting other teachers to be involved, and putting together a variety of fun programming we are excited to share along the way!

In the meantime we leave you this quote from Stephen Jenkinson, that speaks to the renewed direction of our work (we realized this has always been our heartbeat): 

"In a culture like ours, so unsure of itself, so without a shared understanding of life for its people, there are subtle, enduring consequences that look like personal inadequacy, failure of will, inability or unwillingness to live deeply. But what I’ve seen over twenty five years of working with people convinces me that these problems or struggles are not bad psychology, worse parenting or lousy personality development.  What we suffer from most is culture failure, amnesia of ancestry and deep family story, phantom or sham rites of passage, no instruction on how to live with each other or with the world around us or with our dead or with our history."

...May we each awaken to our lives and passing the gift of becoming human...of showing up!!!

Much love and many blessings, Katy Koren Park and Justin Dazu Park


CC Photo: Adam Baker, Flickr

CC Photo: Adam Baker, Flickr