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Engaging Dogen's Zen

  • Kinokuniya Seattle 525 South Weller Street Seattle, WA, 98104 United States (map)

Join us for a special introduction and presentation on the Sōtō Zen tradition with the minds behind Engaging Dōgen’s Zen.

Our panelists are all leaders at the Northwest Zen Community – an open temple that strives to protect and preserve the time-tested Zen practice founded by Dogen Zenji.

About the Book:
How are the teachings of a thirteenth-century master relevant today? Engaging Dōgen’s Zen is a practice-oriented study of Shushogi (a canonical distillation of Dōgen’s thought) and Fukanzazengi (Dōgen’s essential text on the practice of “just sitting”). In this book, twenty contemporary writers unpack Dōgen’s words and show how we can still find meaning in his teachings.

About the Panel:
Kosho Itagaki is the co-founder and head monk of the Northwest Zen Community EISHOJI Sōtō Zen Temple in Seattle. An active and dedicated teacher, he originally proposed the idea for the book, bringing together contemporary Buddhists from the living tradition to unpack the principles of Sōtō Zen practice. He contributed essays on the essence of Zen and the reality of Buddhism in Japan and America found in Engaging Dōgen’s Zen.

Shudo Brian Schroeder is an assistant priest at the Northwest Zen Community and is a Professor of Philosophy and director of Religious Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He worked as one of the editors of Engaging Dōgen’s Zen.

Tetsuzen Jason M. Wirth is Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University, where he organizes a sitting group on the Zen tradition. Currently, he serves as an assistant priest at Northwest Zen Community. He was an editor on Engaging Dōgen’s Zen.

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