Zen Study Group

See our practice schedule for meeting times.

July 2021

July Zen Study Group
Led by Tina Yudo Nepstad-Thornberry

During the month of July, the Zen Study Group will read selections from The Hidden Lamp:
Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women. The book is a collection of one
hundred koans, both traditional and non-traditional, that feature women as primary characters.
Each reading also includes a commentary from a contemporary female Buddhist teacher. Topics include awakening, the nature of suffering, and the meaning of practice. The group will meet on July 14, July 21, and July 28. 

July Readings
Reading 1
Reading 2
Reading 3
Reading 4
Reading 5
Reading 6


August 2021

August Zen Study Group
Led by Curtis Gendo Thornberry

In the Song of the Jewel Mirror Awareness, we recite that “the teaching of thusness has been intimately communicated by Buddhas and ancestors, now you have it so keep it well.” Dainin Katagiri Roshi said that the Buddha is always present in thusness. Also referred to as suchness, this practice is not a state of being that we know through our conscious mind, but refers to being present with the way things really are. Zazen is the core practice in our Soto Zen lineage and allows for us to directly encounter reality. So how do we sit down and be fully present in what just is? The August Zen Study Group will look at zazen and the practice of being fully present in thusness.

August Readings will be posted prior to the first study group session.

August 11, 18, and 25