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

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

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.

Class recordings will be available to registered participants for one week following the end of the Genzo-e, at which time access will expire.

Register by August 6 for full participation. For class participation only, please register by noon on August 7.

Friday, August 7, 7:30 pm through Friday, August 14, noon (PT)

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, 7:30 pm PT – Evening Orientation for Genzo-e Retreat

Retreat Schedule (PDF)

Fee Information

Full participation: $349
Includes classes and sittings in the Online Zendo.

Class only: $199
Includes afternoon class on August 8 (it is recommended that participants attend the morning Dharma talk hosted in the Online Zendo); morning and afternoon classes August 9 –13; morning class on August 14.

We request that each participant in the Genzo-e Retreat register separately, including multiple participants in the same household and/or those sharing the screen for the Zoom login.

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

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

Registration Information

Registration for this event is closed.