Zen Garland Courses & Workshops

Upcoming, On-going, and On-demand courses

The Zen Garland Order offers courses and workshops led by Zen Garland teachers, as well as workshops led by other thought leaders in our communities. Courses usually consist of multiple class sessions. Workshops are generally done in one or two sessions.

Upcoming Courses & Workshops

These courses and workshops are currently open for registration.

Beginning May 6

Dream Embodiment and the Awakened Way

Join Rev. John Mitsudo Mancuso in an exploration of dreams and how they are profound invitations to deepen our emotional growth, individuation and embodiment of the Awakened Way.

May 20-24

Zen Garland Order Spring Retreat – Developing an Intimate Relationship with the Natural World

Join the Zen Garland Order Community for a 5-day retreat nested in the natural beauty of Whitewater State Park.

Beginning June 11

The Zen Garland Order Vows & Zen Ethics as Koans

Roshi Genki guides your study of the Harada-Yasutani koan system which serves as the core of our training curriculum. The Zen Bodhisattva Precept Koans are taught last as the most profound, demanding, and essential Zen study possible.

Beginning October 8

Mountains and Rivers Away… Zen and the House of X: An Exploration of Dharma in Graphic Novel

Explore the rich, mythopoetic representation of Huayen interdependent dynamics as presented in the X-Men House of X series, with Roshi Kisho.

September 15 - 18

Appreciate Your Life! In the Spirit of Womanhood- A Contemplative Autumn Retreat

Join Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn and Sensei Trish Baishin Johnson for a nature-based retreat in mid September.

Beginning Sept. 24

The Heart “Attack” Sutra

Roshi Ma helps you discover a deeper meaning when chanting the Heart Sutra. Everything you need to know about Zen is contained in the Heart Sutra.

Nov. 5, 12 & 19

Manifesting Your Life with Focusing

Through Focusing and Guided Imagery, Rev. Kijin will guide you in a process of realizing your life's dreams and navigating its challenges.

Current Courses

These courses are currently running.

February 26 - May 20

Zen Garland Order Spring Ango 2022

Join the Zen Garland Order Teacher's Team for an intensified period of individual and community practice.

March 14, 21 & 28

ECO-Dharma: Wake Up-Save Yourself, Save Your Planet!

Roshi Kisho shows you how to leverage your Zen practice in a way that supports radical transformation of ecological values and consciousness and brings about a more compassionate, life-affirming, and sustainable future.

2022 – First Sundays

Zen Masters Series

Explore the major figures in the development of Zen Buddhism, guided by Roshi Ma. Begin at the beginning, with the enlightenment stories of the first 5 ancestors after Bodhidharma and the founders of the five Houses of Zen.

On-Demand Courses

These courses are offered as recorded, on-demand courses. Registration is open.

On-demand Course

Huineng and the Platform Sutra

This online, on-demand course introduces students to the Platform Sutra, composed sometime between the 8th and 13th centuries in China.

On-demand Course

Cultivating a Field of Benefaction

Zen as a way of being means transforming ourselves, our lives, our being in the world into a “field of benefaction," however this is not about being nice, compliant, or passive.

On-demand Course

Living Through Death & Dying

A workshop for super seniors, people with terminal illness and young folks interested in widening their awareness. Roshi Shoko offers a checklist of preparations from a personal and from a legal perspective as crucial parts of a peaceful dying process.

On-demand Course

Blue Cliff Record (Hekiganroku)

The Hekigan-roku or Blue Cliff Record was composed by two of the greatest Zen ancestors, living in China 100 years apart. These “cases” bring us into the lives of these ancestors, showing their interactions with their communities and individual students.

On-demand Course

Introduction to The Zen Garland Way – The Ever Intimate of Zen Practice

Roshi Genki's 14-part video Grand Tour on the foundations to a peaceful, meaningful, ethical and magical entrance to the nondual multiverse.

On-demand Course

How Empty is Emptiness

A video lecture series tracing the evolution of emptiness in Buddhism and the practices of Zen.

Archived Courses

 

Access to archived courses is provided for students enrolled in the original course. Several of these courses are also offered as recorded, on-demand courses.

Free

Zen Focusing Course

Zen Focusing is one of the seven Core Practices, as valued as Zen meditation practices and study with a Zen Teacher. This 7-week, Saturday morning course, led by Roshis Genki and Genmitsu, includes Zoom discussions and work outside of class that will help you build your Zen Focusing skills.

Free

Intro to the Use of Personal Pronouns

Roshi Ma leads you in this free discussion on building respect in all relationships by understanding how to use personal pronouns when addressing others or oneself.

Free

Finding Our Original Shape – The Meaning of Spirituality Through Womanhood

Join Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn and Sensei Trish Baishin Johnson for this two-session course on creating a spiritual practice and path for female practitioners.

Free

Living Practice – Living Zen

Join Roshi Kisho for this course on setting up an attainable practice space within your life that embraces Zazen as a core component to living in Presence.

Course Closed

Elements of a Teisho and a Dharma Talk

Learn a basic approach to giving a Zen talk and how to integrate various elements from your life and the formal literature into your talk.

Course Closed

Climate Crisis Workshop

Learn how to live with a smaller, gentler footprint on the earth and join the growing global community in saving the planet.

Course Closed

Precision, Courage, and Grace

What do these concepts mean to you? What might they have to offer your life? Big Mind with Zen Focusing can help you discover.

Course Closed

Huineng and the Platform Sutra

This online, on-demand course introduces students to the Platform Sutra, composed sometime between the 8th and 13th centuries in China.

Course Closed

Dream Appreciation and the Awakened Way

Dreams are powerful gifts, which, when related to artfully, will support our emotional growth and unfolding and realization of our embodiment of the Awakened Way.

Course Closed

Cultivating a Field of Benefaction

Zen as a way of being means transforming ourselves, our lives, our being in the world into a “field of benefaction," however this is not about being nice, compliant, or passive.

Course Closed

Exploring Vimalkirti

This course looks at the major themes of the Vimalakirti Sutra and challenges participants to apply these ideas in daily life settings. 

Course Closed

Dogen’s Shobogenzo: Discussion on Selected Chapters

Meeting the first Monday of each month beginning in April, these workshops will offer discussion around themes presented in a sampling of chapters from Dogen's Shobogenzo.

Course Closed

The Mahayana Vision and its Indian Schools

Workshop on the major themes, figures, and literature of Mahayana Buddhism, the Prajna Paramita Psalms to Groundlessness, the Madhyamika School of Nagarjuna, and the Yogacara School of Vasubandhu and Asanga.

Course Closed

Everyday Tenzo

This four-week course will provide an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get to the work of being the tenzo in the space of our own daily life.

Course Closed

Morningstar Takes The High Seat Course

The Morning Star Process to realize the deep, personal meanings of “The Real Buddha of Your Own Nature” and apply them to our own practice-oriented lives.

Course Closed

The Ever Intimate of Zen Practice Dokusan-Workshop

Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn is offering a free dokusan workshop to accompany the 14 video lectures on Roshi Genki's "Introduction to the Zen Garland Way - The Ever Intimate of Zen Practice."

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