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.

November 6, 13, 20, 27

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.

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November 14

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.

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Saturday, November 20

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.

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December 2 – 5

Rohatsu 2021

In this online Rohatsu we will share zazen, embodiment practices, Zen Focusing sessions, liturgy, dokusan and Dharma talks.

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Monthly -- First Sundays

Zen Masters Series

Beginning January 2022. Explore together the major figures in the development of Zen Buddhism beginning with the enlightenment stories of the first 5 ancestors after Bodhidharma and the founders of the five Houses of Zen.

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Feb. 14, 2022

Intro to the Use of Personal Pronouns

Educate yourself and build respect in all relationships by understanding how to use personal pronouns when addressing others or oneself.

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Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 2022

The Heart “Attack” Sutra

When chanting the Heart Sutra, is the deeper meaning of the words really in your mind? Everything you need to know about Zen is contained in the Heart Sutra.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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On-demand Course

How Empty is Emptiness

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

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Archived Courses

These previously offered courses are closed.

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

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.

Archived Class

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.

Archived Class

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.

Archived Class

Exploring Vimalkirti

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

Archived Class

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.

Archived Course

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.

Archived Class

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.

Archived Class

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.

Archived Class

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."

Archived Class


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