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)
Treasury of the True Dharma Eye (Tanahashi)

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 virtual Dogen study and discussion group on FOURTH SUNDAYS at 3:30 PM from September through May. Drop-ins are welcome! No prior reading of the text is required.  Come for one discussion, a few of them, or all of them as your schedule allows.  We'll gather on Zoom for this study group.

This group is led by Steve Wallace, Sensei and Dharma Holder, Laura Wallace.  We'll be exploring selected readings from Kaz Tanahashi's translation of Dogen's Shobogenzo, "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye."

The study group starts Sunday, September 27, 2020.

Dates: Fourth Sunday of the month

Location: Via Zoom.  Full instructions here.

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Suggested donation: GBZC members: $10 / non-members: $15. Click here for virtual dana box.


Sep 27:  Chapter 38, Shinjin Gakudo; Body-and-Mind Study of the Way
Oct 25:  Chapter 90, Shinjin Inga; Identifying with Cause and Effect
Nov 22:  Chapter 2, Maka Hannya Haramitsu; Manifestation of Great Prajna
Dec 27:  Gyoji: as translated by Hee-Jin Kim available online
Jan 24:  Bussho: pp 244-254 as translated by Rev. Hubert Nearman available online
Feb 28:  Bussho: pp 254-264 as translated by Rev. Hubert Nearman available online
Mar 28:  Canceled
Apr 25:  Bussho: pp 266-270  and 273-276 by Rev. Hubert Nearman available online
May 23:  TBA