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Dogen: Lost and Found in Translation

Celebrating the International Release of the Complete Translation of Dogen Zenji's Masterwork, Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo.

November 6–7, 2010

Live Video Stream at LiveStream: A live video stream of the afternoon panels and presentations will be offered via LiveStream, with real-time text-based chat.

We invite you to take part in a diverse gathering of scholars, Zen teachers, translators, authors, and artists in commemorating the publication of the newest edition of Dogen's masterwork intended for use by the general public. Beautifully poetic without sacrificing accuracy, Kazuaki Tanahashi's landmark translation offers the most accessible interpretation of Dogen's philosophical expressions of Zen wisdom available to Western readers.

The forum will feature a distinguished group of students and teachers of Zen including Kazuaki Tanahashi, Peter Levitt, William Bodiford, Steven Heine, Susan Moon, Edward Espe Brown, Brad Warner, and many more. Panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and dharma talks will be enriched by a film screening of “ZEN: The Life of Zen Master Dogen,” directed by Bunmei Takahashi, along with an exhibition of Zen calligraphy by Kazuaki Tanahashi, and a shakuhachi (bamboo flute) performance by Masayuki Koga.

Four Bay Area locations will host the two-day celebration; San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, the Fort Mason Conference Center, and Greens Restaurant.

Some events are free and open to the public; others require a small one-time registration fee.
  • Online registration  is now closed but seats are still available. You can register onsite.

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Forum Schedule


Saturday Morning
San Francisco Zen Center, City Center
, 300 Page Street at Laguna

Public event; no registration necessary

9:25a  Zazen (meditation) (zazen instruction at 8:45a)

10:10  Welcome—Abbot Ryushin Paul Haller
10:15  DHARMA TALK, “Poetry, Dogen, and the Heart of Practice,” Peter Levitt, followed by Q&A with Peter and Kazuaki Tanahashi

12:00p  Lunch (by donation)

Saturday Afternoon
Fort Mason Conference Center
, Golden Gate Room
Registration required: $10 fee + donations for events

2:00p  Welcome—Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky

2:10  Introduction—Sojun Mel Weitsman
PANEL DISCUSSION : “Issues of Soto Zen Studies and Dogen Translation” with Steven Heine (moderator), William Bodiford, Taigen Dan Leighton, and Susan Moon

3:20  Break

3:40  Introduction—Kazuaki Tanahashi
Shakuhachi Performance by Masayuki Koga  

4:20  Introduction—Dairyu Michael Wenger
Individual Presentations:
• “Dogen and Healing” by Friederike Boissevain
• “Dogen for Punks“ by Brad Warner
• “Get Close to a Dharma Teacher” by Gaelyn Godwin
Presentation by Chozen and Hogen Bays
5:10 Live Auction of calligraphy by Kazuaki Tanahashi
Saturday Evening
Greens Restaurant

5:15p  Dinner at Greens ($35 by registration only: sold out)

Fort Mason Conference Center, Golden Gate Room

7:20p  Welcome—Gaetano Maida, International Buddhist Film Festival
7:30  Film “ZEN” (Life Story of Zen Master Dogen), directed by Bunmei Takahashi


Sunday Morning
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach
Public event; no registration necessary

9:15a  Zazen (meditation) (zazen instruction at 8:15am)

10:10  Welcome—Tenshin Reb Anderson
10:15  DHARMA TALK , “Clumsy Student of a Great Master,” Kazuaki Tanahashi, followed by Q&A with Kaz and Peter Levitt

Sunday Afternoon
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach
Registration required : $10 fee + donations for events

12:15p Lunch (by donation)

2:00p Welcome—Eijun Linda Cutts

2:10 PANEL DISCUSSION, “Experience of Translation: Difficulties, Problems, Breakthroughs, and Joy” with William Johnston (Moderator), T. Griffith Foulk, Ritsunen Gabriele Linnebach, Alan Senauke, and Katherine Thanas

3:20  Break

3:35 Individual presentations:
• “Which Mind is This?” by Tenryu Steve Allen
• "Dogen's View of Women" by Eido Frances Carney
• “Realization, Just as I Expected” by Edward Espe Brown
4:15 Concluding Remarks—Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky

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To register, please visit the event registration page.

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