Huineng and the Platform Sutra

Huineng and the Platform Sutra

The Platform Sutra was composed  sometime between the 8th and 13th centuries in China and includes stories and teachings attributed to the 6th Zen Patriarch, Huineng. Exploration of themes presented within this Sutra as well as the nature of Huineng and his role in...
Illuminating Our Terror: Anti-Racism and Radical Accountability

Illuminating Our Terror: Anti-Racism and Radical Accountability

A journey led by Langston Shodo Kahn to find the roots of patterns of internalized racism we hold in ourselves. Many are familiar with Black feminist poet Audre Lorde’s famous quote, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” If one reads to the end...
Cultivating a Field of Benefaction

Cultivating a Field of Benefaction

This on-demand course offers an introduction to some foundational practices to transform the field of horror into the field of benefaction. Zen as a way of being means transforming ourselves, our lives, our being in the world into a “field of benefaction.” This is not...
How Empty is Emptiness

How Empty is Emptiness

The Evolution of Shunyata, Master Tozan’s Goi Koans And Roshi Genki’s Five Perspectives “Emptiness that can be deemed empty is not true emptiness. Form that can be deemed form is not true form. True form is without shape. True emptiness is without name.” –...
Sewing a Rakusu

Sewing a Rakusu

The Zen Garland Vows embody the ethics of Buddhism contained in the Vinaya of the Tripitaka and the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts. When a member of one of our centers takes The Zen Garland Vows, they are committing to the values of our community and to becoming a field of...
Creating a Liturgy Book

Creating a Liturgy Book

Create a Zen Garland Liturgy book using the Sewn-board binding method. Files for printing the book sections (signatures) and a list of tools and supplies needed will be provided, with video and printable instructions. Books contain the daily service and other...