The Practice of Genjokoan

Taigen Leighton Clouds in Water Zen Center – January 8, 2006 I want to talk this morning about a few passages from perhaps the most fundamental writing of Eihei Dogen, the founder of Soto Zen in Japan, called Genjokoan. This was an essay written by Dogen to a...

The Clarity Beyond Clarity of Active Buddhas

Taigen Leighton Udumbara Sangha – May 30, 2004 I have been speaking during this sesshin about an essay by Soto Zen founder Dogen (1200-1253) called “The Awesome Presence of Active Buddhas” (Gyobutsu Igi), which I translated with Kaz Tanahashi, in his...

Presence of Vow

Taigen Leighton Mt. Source Sangha, Bolinas – January 10, 2004 One of the traditional Buddhist practices or approaches to practice is vow, or in Sanskrit Pranidhana. It could be translated also as commitment, or dedication. I want to talk about its use as a...

Speak Softly, Speak Softly

Taigen Leighton Green Gulch Zen Center – July 20, 2003 Note: Dogen’s Dharma Hall Discourse quoted in the following is from the Extensive Record of Eihei Dogen, translated by Taigen Leighton and Shohaku Okumura, forthcoming from Wisdom Publications, 2004. I...

Practice Realization Expression

Taigen Leighton Green Gulch Farm – May 18, 2003 Note: All Dogen quotes from The Extensive Record of Eihei Dogen, translated by Taigen Leighton and Shohaku Okumura, forthcoming from Wisdom Publications, © 2003. It’s wonderful to be sitting together in the...