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Dharma Seminar: October
October 18, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
Starting October 4, we will begin a series of seminars studying the Wheel of Life, The Bhavachakra, with a Zen perspective.
This powerful and vivid image, said to be from the time of the Buddha, depicts how we keep the wheel of suffering turning in our daily lives and in the world, as well as the path of awakening and the transformation of pain and confusion into wisdom and compassion through the Bodhisattva Path.
We will call on Dogen, Suzuki Roshi, and each other, to help bring these ancient teachings alive in our everyday lives and as we face the current suffering of our earth and her many beings.
Trekking the six realms
I recognize my father!
There is my mother!
— Dogen, waka verse
Oct 4: The Wheel of Life and the Six Realms (online only)
Oct 11: The Wheel of Life and the Bodhisattva Path (online only)
Oct 18: The Wheel of Life and Way Seeking Mind (online only)
Oct 25: EDZ sangha members will give Way Seeking Mind talks. Hybrid (please consider coming in person to support these brave speakers!)
- The Dalai Lama, The Wheel of Life: Buddhist Perspectives on Cause and Effect (Wisdom Publications, 2015)
- David Nichtern, Awakening from the Daydream: Reimagining the Buddha’s Wheel of Life (Wisdom Publications, 2016)
- Dogen Zenji, Refrain From Unwholesome Action (Shoaku Makusa)
- Suzuki Roshi, Way Seeking Mind, March 1966
To Attend In Person
Seminar meets in person on the last Wednesday of the month, only, when the format will be hybrid. Otherwise, seminar is held online in Zoom, only, with no in-person meeting.
Registration is no longer required to attend in person. However, all in-person attendees are expected to review and follow our current Covid protocol.
To Attend Online
To join Dharma Seminar online, please use the link below:
Meeting ID: 875 3717 7726
About Dharma Seminar
The evening begins with a period of zazen followed by lecture and small and large group discussion. The topic of seminar typically centers on a classical text, sometimes with additional readings, and changes every month, for the most part. The emphasis is always on the application of the teachings to our daily lives. Students are asked to attend all meetings in a given month, if possible.
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.
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.
Please give what you can. We cannot continue offering online teachings without your support.
Suggested donation for in-person seminar: $100 for the monthly series ($25 per session)
Suggested donation for seminar online via Zoom: $60 each month ($15 per session) or whatever you are comfortable contributing.
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