Unraveling the Five Ranks: Journey into Zen Philosophy, Online 10/5 - 10/26

Practice Center
Date / Time
Oct 5, 2023 / 5:30pm - Oct 26, 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 Thursdays, 5:30 – 7 pm PT

Embark on a captivating journey into Zen teachings with the famous poem, "The Five Ranks," by Dongshan Liangjie.

Known in Japanese as Tozan Ryokai, Dongshan was co-founder of the Caodong (Japanese: Soto) School, the Zen tradition of San Francisco Zen Center. "The Five Ranks" suggests a trajectory in the practice of the Way that will feel familiar to many long-term practitioners and can act as a guide to those who are just starting out. Prior knowledge of or familiarity with "The Five Ranks" or Zen philosophy is not required.

This course offers an engaging exploration into the intriguing Zen concepts hidden within the poem's rich metaphorical language. As we journey together, we'll delve into the dual aspects of existence—Relative and Absolute—expressed through the poem. You'll get a glimpse into the deeper meaning embedded within its lines and how it aligns with Zen practice. This study is not just about understanding an ancient text; it's about discovering practical guidance for everyday life.

Over the duration of the course, we'll explore interpretations from Zen masters and reflect on how their insights can inform our understanding. Through engaging discussions and contemplative exercises, we'll appreciate the timeless beauty of the poem and its practical wisdom.

This course is perfect for anyone who is curious about Zen, seeks to deepen their understanding of Zen philosophy, or simply wants to experience the beauty of ancient wisdom.

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

For additional discount options, please email us at rezoffice@sfzc.org.

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