Amid the reeds

the ferryman

accompanies me.

- 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. 


  • 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 sources, including the following: 
    • Guidelines for Practicing the Way (Dōgen) 
    • The Heart Sutra
    • Dogen on Meditation and Thinking
    • Practice periods twice a year that focus on the teaching of Hakuin, Dōgen, Tōrei, and Mahayana texts

Fees for new participants

Two options:

  • $125 a month for four, fifteen minute practice meetings with Dōshō and ongoing study reflections and feedback
  • $85 a month for two meetings fifteen minute practice meetings with Dōshō and ongoing study reflections and feedback
  • Some scholarship spaces are usually available.

Application or more information

Contact Dōshō at for more information and for an application.

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Available courses

Every Monday through the twelve weeks, Dosho or Ed G will post a talk on one of the Dogen's dharma talks. Tuesday-Friday students will take turns taking one of Dogen's dharma talks and either posting a 300 word max reflection (what is the meaning of this in my practice?) or a 5-10min video presentation addressing the same question.

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.

A two-week commemoration of the Buddha's awakening.

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. 

Summer 2019 Study Focus

Precepts independent study

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