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
FOURTH SUNDAYS at 3:30 PM. Drop-ins are welcome! Prior reading is not required and a few books will be on hand to use during the discussion. Come for one discussion, a few of them, or all of them as your schedule allows.
For 2019-20, this group will be led by Josh Bartok, Roshi and Steve Wallace, Sensei.
We will be using Kaz Tanahashi's translation of Dogen's Shobogenzo "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye".
We'll be meeting each month, September through May. Please note that there are some exceptions to our typical schedule of meeting on the third Sunday of the month. The dates below are underlined if they are NOT the fourth Sunday.
Dates: 9/15, 10/27, 11/17, 12/22, 1/26, 2/23, 3/22, 4/26, 5/31
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Suggested donation - GBZC members: $10 / non-members: $15
Sep 15: Chapter 66 - Spring and Autumn
Oct 27: Canceled
Nov 17: Chapter 39 - Within a Dream Expressing the Dream
Dec 22: Canceled
Jan 26: Chapter 45 - Old Buddha Mind
Feb 23: Chapter 25 - The Buddha's Teaching
Mar 22: Chapter 75 - Self-realization Samadhi
Apr 26: TBD
May 31: TBD