NOTE: Preceding the Dharma talk, from 7:30 - 7:45, there is a 15-minute period of gathering and settling to allow everyone to sign in on time and be prepared for the talk to begin.
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Three Wednesdays, July 1, 8, and 15
The Wednesday evening Dharma talks over these three meetings will be an introduction to Instructions to the Cook (Tenzo Kyokun), an essay by 13th century Zen master, and the founder of Soto Zen in Japan, Eihei Dogen.
Seemingly a technical guide on how to run a kitchen in a Zen monastery, the essay becomes a meditation by a 37-year-old Dogen looking back on his journey to China to find an enlightened master when he was just 24. Dogen explores the enthusiasm as well as the naïve ignorance of his early understanding through a series of vignettes where he is both instructed and embarrassed by the older Zen monks of China. In many ways it is Dogen's most literary and accessible work as well as a refreshing glimpse at the humility he was capable of when writing about how far his understanding had come after decades of practice. It also, like many of Dogen's essays, contains towering profundity of the this-is-the-only-text-on-Zen-you-ever-need-to-read variety. So there's that.
I will be looking at every available English translation of the text to explain and expand the meaning of Dogen's wisdom. The main source will be Refining Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi.
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