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Receiving the Marrow: Teachings on Dogen by Soto Zen Women Priests, CC 3/8

Book Signing: Friday, March 8, 7:30pm
Dining Room at 300 Page Street

Everyone is invited to join editor Eido Frances Carney, with contributors Shinshu Roberts, Jisho Warner, Grace Schireson and Shosan Victoria Austin for a short reading from Receiving the Marrow, a collection of commentaries on Zen Master Dogen's Shobogenzo by female American Zen teachers.

In the words of the introduction, "The collection contributes to our Soto Zen literature by bringing forward seasoned voices of priest-teachers in their kinship with Dogen, interpreting him as a clear dynamic and force of spirit for the 21st century. The essays are an homage to Dogen, an implicit expression of gratitude to our translators, and a tribute to women and men standing together teaching side by side, supporting one another fully and equally in the Buddha Dharma."

Presenters will read from their essays, take questions, and be available to personally inscribe books.

Books will be on sale during the event.

This event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Donations to San Francisco Zen Center are gratefully accepted.

We are pleased to share with you a book review by Steven Heine, published in the Spring issue of Buddhadharma.

"Receiving the Marrow is the first book that expresses Dogen's teaching as experienced and lived by Western Soto Zen women teachers. Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) supported equality and respect for women Zen teachers from a Buddhist perspective. He did so through his understanding of the equality of Buddha nature shared by all beings. Historically, Japanese Soto Zen women have referred to Dogen's teachings as a touchstone for finding their place and empowerment within the Soto Zen tradition that he founded. Now Western women are sharing their appreciation of Dogen and enjoying the same broad and brilliant support that he offered for all practitioners."

- Grace Schireson, founder and head teacher of Empty Nest Zen Group