Online Seminar by Taigen Leighton on Dogen’s teachings about our Environment and its Awakening capacity, and how Dogen links Environment to Devotional practice. 1-4:30 PM CST. To register, fill out the form below. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested donation $50, but sliding scale available to all, less or more is welcome. All are invited regardless of insufficient funds.
Dogen’s rich teachings on the environment appear in many of his writings. We will survey some of those, then focus on his essay “The Sound of the Valley Streams, the Forms of the Mountains” (Keisei Sanshoku). This essay offers stories of the awakening power of the natural world, then includes the material in “Great Ancestor Dogen’s Writing on Arousing Vow,” (Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon) part of Soto Zen liturgy that expresses his approach to devotion. This seminar is based in part on Taigen’s article, “Dōgen’s Vision of the Environment and his Practice of Devotion and Faith,” to be published in the forthcoming book, The Theory and Practice of Zen Buddhism: A Festschrift in Honor of Steven Heine.