Dogen's Shoji: Birth and Death (class), Online 5/2 - 5/23

Practice Center
Date / Time
May 2, 2023 / 5:30pm - May 23, 2023 / 7:00pm
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses

The Zoom link will be provided at least 24 hours before the class begins. Please call 415-354-0360 if you have any questions. This program will have the option of closed captioning.

Four Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7 pm PT

This class is the second part of a three-month series, "The Writings of Eihei Dogen," during which three San Francisco Zen Center teachers are offering classes and lectures on Dogen's essays, including: an introductory series (The Treasure Store Will Open of Itself or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Dogen) in April, Shoji (Birth and Death) in May, and Ryugin (Dragon Song) in June.

Dogen passionately wrote about our human experience of birth and death in his fascicle Shoji (Birth and Death). He taught that we cannot escape, nor should we want to, this life that we are living. It is only within the context of our current circumstances that we will find nirvana. Many of Dogen’s key teachings, such as practice-realization, can be explored by studying this text. Because the text is brief, we will be able to deeply investigate the meaning of many of these important concepts.

Volume 4 of Shobogenzo, translated by Gudo Wafu Nishijima and Chodo Cross, which includes the "Shoji" fascicle, is available from the SFZC Online Bookstore and as a free download from the BDK America website.

Eihei Dogen Zenji (1200 – 1253 CE) left Japan to study in China and then brought Zen Buddhism back to his own country. The seminal philosophical force of Japanese Soto Zen, Dogen Zenji is revered today for the clarity of his insights, for his passion, and for his poetry (Tricycle).

Fee Information
  • General $150
  • Current SFZC Members $135
  • Sliding Scale 1: $90
  • Sliding Scale 2: $37.50

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