The Undying Lamp of Zen: The Testament of Zen Master Torei, trs. Thomas Cleary. Chapters 1-5.
Supplemental text (different translation with a commentary): The Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School
Amid the reeds
- Hakuin's "Yantou the Ferryman"
This program offers Zen practice under the guidance a senior Zen teacher, Dōshō Port (see bio here, listen to talks here), and interactions with a mature community of practitioners. Ed Gōshin, a longtime student of Katagiri Rōshi and Dōshō, serves as our assistant teacher.
The Vine is designed for those who are determined to awaken (kensho) and actualize the great matter of birth and death (post-kensho training). And who aren’t shy about it.
Here is a seven-minute video, describing how the Vine is different from other online offerings.
We offer instruction in both just-sitting zazen and the Harada-Yasutani kōan curriculum. Our primary avenues for cultivating verification are daily zazen, study, and engagement in the Vine forums and in the world. Students who have some history of in-person practice tend to acclimate best to the Vine environment.
Fees for new participants
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Contact Dōshō at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and for an application.
This workshop has resources for beginners and more "advanced" students. You are invited to play into it.
This is a foundational course for Vine of Obstacles Zen, the recommended starting point in study (along with the Zazen Workshop).
“The Heart Sutra is a great torch that lights the darkest road, a swift boat that ferries us across the sea of suffering,” said Fa-tsang.
This course is designed to help you pick up the torch and enter the boat.
We will use Red Pine's The Heart Sutra: The Womb of the Buddhas and Hakuin's Acid Comments on the Heart Sutra.
In this course we will study Dogen's "Bodhisattva's Four Methods of Guidance," developing fluency in giving, kind speech, beneficial action, and identity action.
This course offers thirty poems by three Japanese Zen masters - Dogen, Ikkyu, and Ryokan. Students will take one poem each day, write a brief reflection on the poem, and compose a poem in response that matches the structure of the original.
Dogen wrote Buddha Nature in 1241 – a decade after Guidelines for Studying the Way and Genjokoan – during an explosion of spiritual expression.
The structure of this course will be similar to the Genjokoan course. 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 and are pulled from each of the paragraphs in Dogen’s commentary.