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Wednesday Evening Dharma

New Schedule Beginning Wednesday, September, 7th

9/7: “Realizing Dogen’s Genjokoan” Monthly Study & Discussion Group

1st Wednesday of each month: zazen, koan study and group discussion group: 7:30 – 8:40 PM (6:30 Central time).

[Meeting Dates: 9/7, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7/22; 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3, 6/7, 7/5/23]

Studying and practicing together is the Buddha way. Each month a Sangha member will facilitate shared study and discussion to aid in deepening our penetration into the Buddha Dharma through Eihei Dogen’s Genjokoan. Study will be enriched through selected readings of Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen’s Shobogenzo, By Shohaku Okumura

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9/14 Jukai Study Group Facilitated by Seiso Sensei and Guests

2nd Wednesday of each month: zazen, Jukai study and group discussion. 7:30 – 8:40 PM (6:30 Central time).

[Meeting Dates: 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 12/14/22; 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/7, 7/12/23]

Jukai is a practice rooted in the earliest followers of the Buddha. It acknowledges a commitment to formally enter the lineage of Buddhist ancestors and take up the Buddha way as expressed in the precepts.

Jukai recipients sew their own Rakusu. Participants also prepare by studying the precepts and discussing how they are challenged by them, and how the wisdom in authentic dharma practice and study functions to face everyday life.  

Precept study and practice is a personal realizational process that engages student and teacher who are committed to working together toward fruition. The culminating Jukai ceremony marks the individual’s entry into the lineage of ancestors and reflects deepening introspection, compassion, commitment and realization.

This class is open to all, whether you will be entering formal Jukai practice and study, or participating informally.

9/21 Genjo-e Dogen Study Group with Seiso Sensei

3rd Wednesday of each Month: Zazen, reading, lecture and discussion

[Meeting Dates: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/14/22; 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/14, 7/19/23]

Eihei Dogen’s Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye) is a collection of teachings considered Dogen’s masterwork.

This series of presentations and discussions offers a detailed examination of the text, its philosophical origins and implications for formal practice and daily life.Current Reading: Zazenshin (Needle Point of Zazen)

9/28 Zen & Psychoanalysis Study Group, Facilitators: Kagayaki Karen Morris & Seiso Sensei

4th Wednesday of the Month: Zazen, reading, discussion

[Meeting Dates: 9/28, 10/26, 11/23, 12/21/22; 1/25, 2/22, 3/22, 4/26, 5/24, 6/21, 7/26/23]

Study of both disciplines will continue with a selected reading each month that relates to the integration of Zen and psychoanalysis. From this entry point, this inter-textual study group will explore a variety of Buddhist and psychoanalytic concepts, with an eye toward enhancing personal practice and clinical efficacy.

All classes will be held via Zoom and begin with a period of zazen. Wednesday evenings 7:30- 8:40 P.M., New York time. (Zoom Zendo opens at 7:20 for fellowship. Please be seated and settled before 7:30)

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