Photo of Mt. Fuji by Takashi Nakazawa
The endeavor to negotiate the Way consists in discerning all things in view of enlightenment,
and putting such a unitive awareness into practice in the midst of the revaluated world.”
This program is designed for practitioners living at home who yearn to realize and actualize the great matter of birth and death. We acknowledge the difficulty of following through with our practice aspirations in the midst of daily life and the truth that this very bind can be a dharma gate. This program is intended to support you in this entanglement.
The Vine of Obstacles Zen requires commitment to ongoing awakening and the capacity to carry out daily practice alone. It also requires regular meetings with Dosho via Zoom and email. Our primary avenues for cultivating verification are daily zazen (integrating earnest-vivid sitting and koan introspection), study, and engagement in the Vine forums and the world.
- Practitioners will learn to embody the Buddha way, developing fluency in actualizing awakening in daily life.
- Practitioners will become happy, powerful, and positive influences at home, work, and in the community, “making manifest the great earth’s goldenness.”
- We will have a fun, lively, edgy time together.
- Just-sitting/koan zazen.
- Practice meetings with Dosho (the only practice meetings times: Tuesday or Wednesday mornings, Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday evenings - US Central)
- Weekly participation in the Engagement forums offer us the important opportunity to engage with each other as a practice group.
- Study selected works, including the following:
- Guidelines for Practicing the Way is a primer on Zen practice that focuses on intention, practice-enlightenment, body practice, and receiving and actualizing the fundamental. This course includes supplementary readings, audio and reflection work that is shared with Dosho.
- Thirty Poems, Twenty Minutes helps you access Zen teaching through poetry. You will be invited to digest selections from some great masters of the Japanese tradition (Dogen, Ikkyu, and Ryokan), feel each poem, and find your own expression for the meaning and mood of the sample.
- The Heart Sutra is our “Buddhism-in-a-nutshell-with-a-Zen-edge” course. As the pre-eminent sutra in the Zen tradition, it is often recited in daily practice. In this course, we dig into the meaning while embodying the teaching.
- The Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Guidance is about actualizing the altruistic heart of the Bodhisattva (awakening being) within the relationships of daily life.
- Genjokoan (or Actualizing the Fundamental Point) is regarded as a central work in Dogen Zen, a beautiful and subtle resolution to the question the drove the young Dogen’s inquiry – “If we’re originally enlightened, what’s the point of practice?” This course is designed to shake up and intensify practice. It combines zazen, study and engagement in new ways – particularly in the use of koans within the text, to be actualized in daily life.
- Buddha Nature has thirteen koans with commentary. Each case has one central case and a number of checking questions that explore different aspects of the koan, pulled from Dogen’s commentary. Students are invited to enter the koan and commentary such that they can be actualized in daily life.
- The Healing Point of Zazen offers an in depth exploration of Dogen’s Zazenshin and includes important scholarly work on the fascicle, careful examination of Dogen’s commentary, as well as koans and checking questions.
- We also have a Zazen Workshop that students can use as a resource as they choose.
- Twice a year, we offer a twelve-week practice period, themes vary
Fees for new participants
- $125 a month for four meetings (15 minutes each) with Dosho and ongoing study reflections and feedback
- $85 a month for, and two meetings with Dosho ongoing study reflections and feedback
- Some scholarship spaces are usually available (but none are open at this time).
Application or more information
Contact Dosho at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and for an application.