Amid the reeds

the ferryman

accompanies me.

- Hakuin's "Yantou the Ferryman"

Overview

This program offers Zen practice under the guidance a senior Zen teacher, Dōshō Port (see bio here), and interactions with a mature community of practitioners. Ed Goshin serves as our assistant teacher.

The Vine is designed for those who yearn to awaken and actualize the great matter of birth and death, and aren’t shy about it. 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. 

Process

  • 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, emphasizing classical teaching, including the following:Twice a year, we offer a twelve-week practice period, themes vary
    • Guidelines for Practicing the Way 
    • The Heart Sutra 
    • Dogen on Meditation and Thinking

Fees for new participants

Two options:

  • $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.

Application or more information

Contact Dosho at doshoport@gmail.com for more information and for an application.

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Available courses

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

This forum highlights the most important aspect of Vine work - making it real. What I envision is for all of us to share (mostly) positive (moslty) personal experiences of engagement to provide encouragement to each other that this path can be verified.

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. 

The Awakening of Mahayana Faith, (大乗起信論 Ch. Dasheng qixin lun, S . *Mahāyānaśraddhotpādaśāstra; J. Daijō kishinron; K. Taesŭng kisin non), has long been a classic text for condensed dharma study, particularly in the Zen school. The teaching of the text is traditionally summarized as "One Mind, Two Aspects, Three Greatnesses, Four Faiths, Five Practices."

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.