Soto Zen teacher, translator and author Shohaku Okumura will be visiting Brooklyn Zen Center to lead a 5-day Genzo-e retreat from July 24-28, 2013. Genzo-e is a meditation and study retreat in which participants deeply investigate the teachings of Dogen Zenji, the 13th-century founder of Soto Zen. Rev. Shohaku Okumura is one of the world's foremost teachers on Dogen's practice and philosophy.
For this retreat, we will be studying two fascicles of Dogen's Shobogenzo, "Zenki (Total Function)" and "Tsuki (Moon)." The retreat will be limited to 50 participants. All participants are strongly encouraged to take part in the entire schedule (all 5 days), but partial attendance of 2 consecutive days will be permitted.
The cost of the retreat will be $40 per day for Brooklyn Zen Center members, and $60 per day for non-members. For additional payment information, please click here to read our retreat policies. Please also note that Brooklyn Zen Center is not a residential center so overnight accommodations will not be provided.
To register for the retreat, please use our online registration form. The deadline for registration and payment is July 19th.
Shohaku Okumura is a Japanese Soto Zen priest and the founder and guiding teacher of the Sanshin Zen Community located in Bloomington, Indiana, where he and his family currently live. From 1997 until 2010, Okumura also served as Director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center.
Shohaku Okumura was born in Osaka, Japan in 1948. He received his education at Komazawa University in Tokyo, where he studied Zen Buddhism. On December 8, 1970, Okumura was ordained at Antaiji by his teacher Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, and he practiced there until Uchiyama retired in 1975. He then traveled to the United States, where he co-founded Pioneer Valley Zendo in Massachusetts and continued Uchiyama’s style of zazen practice there until 1981. In that year, he returned to Japan and began translating the writings of Uchiyama and Eihei Dogen from Japanese into English. Prior to founding the Sanshin Zen Community in 1996, he was a teacher at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and at the Kyoto Soto Zen Center.