The Embodiment Podcast with Mark Walsh

Zen body – Corey Hess

August 4, 2019

“Zen practitioner and body worker Corey joins me to talk how bodies rebel, Gary Snyder, his time in the monastery, how Zen teachers move, meditation embodied, structural integration, structured vs unstructured traditions, Butoh, Noguchi Taiso, Zhan Zhuang, the many “flavours” of meditation, new online possibilities, “life artists”, life transfer and “kufu”, rebelliousness in training and the “wholesale experience of truth”, Japanese vs American Zen, and a lovely closing message. An amiable jaunt.”

The Classical Ideas Podcast Ep 108: Koans with Corey Ichigen Hess


April 17, 2019

I had a great time talking on the Classical Ideas Podcast again. This time, tackling the elusive, often misunderstood zen koan. Really fun!

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From Greg Soden: Episode #108 with my friend (and returning guest), Corey Ichigen Hess discusses the elusive Rinzai Zen koan practice! We had a ton of fun!


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#Zen #Rinzai #Koan #Japan

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Podcast Interview with My Brother on Hess’s Heroes


December 28, 2018

Here is a podcast interview with my brother. Topics include reasons for going to a Zen Monastery, How Bob Dylan relates to Zen, finding our own practice, how Zen makes us into artists. It was a great time hangin with my big bro.

Listen Here! Thanks!

The Classical Ideas Podcast Interview: Episode 80 A Rinzai Life In Japan with Corey Ichigen Hess

November 18, 2018


I recently had a great time chatting with Greg Soden about pre-monastery life, years of Zen training, and what comes after an American leaves a Japanese monastery.  Please enjoy and share it if it is helpful or interesting.

Minutes 43-47 are sketchy (Greg’s internet cable was eaten through by a squirrel, which the technician discovered the day after this was recorded) so if you need to skip ahead, it gets clear again at 47:30!  But don’t skip! Ha!

Here is the Video Greg is referring to throughout the Episode:

Video: Life at Sogenji and My Ordination