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Event Series Event Series: Dharma Seminar: May – June 2024

Dharma Seminar: May – June

May 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

Hybrid Hybrid Event
Led by Norman & Jeff Bickner | The Denkōroku

In Dharma Seminar from May 22 – June 26, we will study six cases in the Denkōroku, Keizan’s brief biographies and teaching stories of teachers in our lineage. Our focus will be the first six Chinese ancestors, beginning with Bodhidharma.

Along with Dōgen (1200–1253), Keizan Jōkin (1264–1325) is considered to be one of the two founding patriarchs of the Sōtō Zen school. The Denkōroku, usually translated as Transmission of the Lamp, provides a lineage of Sōtō Zen ancestors from Shakyamuni Buddha through twenty-eight generations in India, twenty-three generations in China, to Dōgen Zenji and Ejo Zenji, a disciple of Dōgen with whom Keizan trained. Keizan was also the founding abbot of the Sōjiji Zen monastery.

There are many English translations of the text available, including Thomas Cleary’s Transmission of Light: Zen in the Art of Enlightenment by Zen Master Keizan and two versions available online, Denkōroku: Record of the Transmission of Illumination by the Great Ancestor, Zen Master Keizan from the Sōtō Zen Text Project, and Francis Dojun Cook’s The Record of Transmitting the Light at Terebess Online.


Seminar will meet on Zoom May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26. On May 29 and June 26, we will also be in person at the Community Congregational Church.
5/22 Case 28: Bodhidharma | Jeff
5/28 Case 29: Huike | Norman (hybrid)
6/5 Case 30: Jianzhi Sengcan | Norman
6/12 Case 31: Dayi Daoxin | Norman
6/19 Case 32: Daman Hongren | Jeff
6/26 Case 33: Dajian Huineng | Jeff (hybrid)

To Attend In Person

Dharma Seminar meets online in Zoom every week and also in person on the last Wednesday of the month, only, at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon. Those who are able are encouraged to attend in person when seminar is hybrid (meeting both in person and online).

Registration is no longer required to attend in person. However, all in-person attendees are expected to review and follow our current Covid protocol.

> Current Covid protocol

To Attend Online

To join Dharma Seminar online, please use the link below:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 875 3717 7726
Passcode: 919827

About Dharma Seminar

The topic of study in seminar typically centers on a classical text, sometimes with additional readings, and changes more or less every month. The focus of our study is always on the application of the teachings to our daily lives. Students are asked to attend all meetings in a given month or seminar series, if possible.

The evening begins with a period of zazen followed by lecture and small and large group discussion.

Attending at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon

Please arrive early with time to settle in. Chairs are provided. If you prefer to sit on a zafu, please bring your own.

Attending Online

Please enter the Zoom seminar room in time to settle into your seat for zazen. We encourage you to join with your camera on and to sit in front of your camera or nearby, with downcast or closed eyes as we do in the zendo. But you are welcome to leave your camera off if that’s more comfortable for you.

Please remain muted unless you have been invited to speak during group discussion and in the breakout rooms for small group discussion.

Please join in the chants with your mic off and follow any links or instructions shared in the group chat by the Zoom host.


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In-Person Participants

Suggested donation for in-person seminar: $100 for the monthly series ($25 per session)

Online Participants

Suggested donation for seminar online via Zoom: $60 each month ($15 per session) or whatever you are comfortable contributing.


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May 29
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Community Congregational Church in Tiburon
145 Rock Hill Rd
Tiburon, CA 94920 United States
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Jane Flint & Neal Shorstein, Registrars