Dogen Study Group

Recommended Dogen books:

Realizing Genjokoan (Okumura)
Living by Vow (Okumura)
Opening the Hand of Thought (Uchiyama)
Moon in a Dewdrop (Tanahashi)
How to Raise an Ox (Cook)
Eihei Dogen--Mystical Realist (Kim)

Eihei Dogen Zenji, the founder of Soto Zen in Japan, is one of the most influential Zen teachers who has ever lived. He is a peerless master of Dharma expression, and the study of Dogen is essential for anyone who practices shikantaza. And yet his writings are, to almost everyone who starts to read them, exceeding difficult to penetrate. We have found that a group study of his work is a wonderfully effective way of entering into these teachings. Some members of the study group refer to it as a "support group" for readers of Dogen.

GBZC offers a Dogen study and discussion group on
THIRD SUNDAYS at 3:30. Drop-ins are welcome!

For 2014-15, this group will be led by Josh Bartok
We will be using Kaz Tanahashi's Moon in a Dewdrop as our primary text.

We'll meeting each month, September through May.
Dates: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/21, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17
Time: 3:30 - 5:00pm

Suggested donation - GBZC members: $10 / non-members: $15

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Discussion topics and pages

Sept: Instructions for the Tenzo (Tenzo Kyokun) sections 3-11
Oct: Spring and Autumn (Shunju)
Nov: Only a Buddha and a Buddha (Yuibutsu Yobutsu)
Dec: Painting of a Rice-Cake (Gabyo)
Jan: Actualizing the Fundamental Point (Genjokoan)
Feb: On the Endeavor of the Way 1-6, not including Q&A (Bendowa)
Mar: On the Endeavor of the Way, Q&A section (Bendowa)
Apr: Only a Buddha and a Buddha (Yuibutsu Yobutsu)
May: Twining Vines (Katto)