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
SECOND SUNDAYS at 3:30. Drop-ins are welcome!
For 2016-17, this group will be led by Josh Bartok
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 June, except January and May.
Please note that there are some exceptions to our typical schedule of meeting on the second Sunday of the month. The dates below are underlined if they are NOT the second Sunday.
Dates: 9/11, 10/16, 11/6, 12/11, skip Jan, 2/12, 3/12, 4/2, skip May, 6/4
Time: 3:30 - 5:00pm
Suggested donation - GBZC members: $10 / non-members: $15
Discussion topics and pages
Sep: Chapter 9 - Receiving the Marrow by Bowing
Oct: Chapter 18 - Dharma Blossoms Turn Dharma Blossoms
Nov: Chapter 23 - Buddha Nature pages 234 - 248
Dec: Chapter 23 - Buddha Nature pages 249 - 259
Feb: Chapter 32 - Ocean Mudra Samahdi
Mar: Chapter 37 - Radiant Light
Apr: Chapter 44 - Flowers in the Sky
Jun: Chapter 48 - Three Realms Are Inseparable from Mind