The Treasure Store Will Open of Itself or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Dogen (class), Online 4/1 - 4/15

Practice Center
Date / Time
Apr 1, 2023 / 8:30am - Apr 15, 2023 / 10:30am
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.

Three Saturdays, 8:30 – 10 am PT

This class is the first 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: this class series, Shoji (Birth and Death) in May, and Ryugin (Dragon Song) in June.

Beginners encouraged. All are welcome.

Eihei Dogen's work and expression are fundamental to the way zen is practiced at San Francisco Zen Center. It can be intimidating to approach Dogen's writings, which sometimes seem bewildering to read. In this class, we are guided through Dogen's life; his formative questions as a young monk, which underpinned his practice and understanding; his monastic writings as he set out to establish his own community in Japan; and his more expansive works, instilling confidence to read and learn from them.

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).

This three-week course will offer an introduction to his writing through samples from these works:

Fee Information
  • General $112.50
  • Current SFZC Members $101.25
  • Sliding Scale 1: $67.50
  • Sliding Scale 2: $28

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