Genzo-e Retreat with Rev. Shohaku Okumura, Online 8/7 - 8/14

Date / Time
Aug 7, 2020 / 7:30pm - Aug 14, 2020 / 12:00pm
Event Type
Workshops and Retreats

The retreat will be offered as an online event, rather than the original on-site version at City Center. More information will be posted soon.

The Zoom link to participate in this event will be provided 24 hours before the start date. Please call 415-354-0360 if you have any questions.

Friday, August 7, 7:30 pm through Friday, August 14, noon

Genzo-e is a meditation and study retreat designed to allow for a deep investigation of the teachings of Dogen Zenji, the 13th-century founder of Soto Zen. This week-long retreat will be led by Rev. Shohaku Okumura, one of the world's foremost teachers on Dogen’s practice and philosophy, who will offer two lectures daily.

The text will be Shobogenzo “Mujo-seppo” (Insentient Beings Expounding Dharma). Dogen Zenji’s well-known Waka poem expresses the meaning of this expression:

Colors of mountain peaks
and echoes of valley streams:
all as they are
nothing other
than my Shakyamuni’s voice and image

He uses the same kinds of images of the things in nature as expressions of the Dharma in various fascicles of Shobogenzo including: “Sounds of Valley Stream, Colors of Mountains,” “Mountains and Waters Sutra,” and so on. In this fascicle, Dogen Zenji examines the meaning of “insentient beings,” “expounding Dharma,” and also “listening to the Dharma” as our practice.

—The text will be distributed to participants at the beginning of the retreat.

Friday, August 7 – Evening Orientation for Genzo-e Retreat

  • Orientation for all retreat participants 7:30 pm

Prerequisite: At least two one-day sittings at City Center or Green Gulch Farm. If you have not participated in a San Francisco Zen Center sesshin before, please communicate with the Ino ( before signing up.

Fee Information

Full participation, includes classes and sitting: $349
Class only: $199

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form.

NOTE: There will be a request for dana (a donation) for the teacher during the retreat.

Registration Information