Zazen as Enactment Ritual

Taigen Dan Leighton  Article for the book, Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice, edited by Steven Heine and Dale Wright (Oxford University Press, 2008) Buddhist meditation has commonly been considered an instrumental technique aimed at obtaining a...

We are all Refugees in Lions Roar Magazine, Oct 30, 2018

  We Are All Refugees BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON| OCTOBER 30, 2018 Zen teacher Taigen Dan Leighton attended the Tree of Life synagogue while growing up in Pittsburgh. He reflects on how all of us, near and far, are connected to the tragedy. Buddhist monks pay...

Meeting Our Ancestors of the Future

Taigen Dan Leighton Published in “Shambhala Sun,” September, 1996, as “Now is the Past of the Future.” When we can fully see our own time in the dynamic fullness of time, without being blind to cause and effect, without being caught by limiting...

Dogen’s Approach to Training in Eihei Koroku

Taigen Dan Leighton  draft of article for the book Dogen: Textual And Historical Studies, edited by Steven Heine (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) Introduction to Eihei Kōroku Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō is rightly celebrated for its playful, elaborate essays, with...