Individual Meetings

Individual face-to-face teaching is one of the most powerful tools of the Zen tradition, and anyone who comes to GBZC is encouraged to take advantage of them. These private meetings are called dokusan (pronounced “doke-san”).  The purpose of dokusan is to address the Great Matter, the matter of life and death, and of liberation amid our suffering.

These are opportunities to make a personal connection with one of our teachers, to bring your Zen practice into the realm of the interpersonal, or to ask any question you like about anything to do with Zen:

  • your practice on or off your cushion
  • bringing the teachings into your life
  • the Precepts of skillful action
  • the liturgy, especially anything that resonates with you, or confuses you or provokes you
  • working with koans
  • considering coming to a retreat
  • anything you are struggling with spiritually

We regard the interpersonal aspect of teaching to be exceptionally important. More about dokusan.

Dokusan is offered at least monthly at each of our regular weekly practice groups, and is also available by appointment (often over zoom). To arrange an appointment, talk with a senior teacher or email [email protected].