Fall 2023 BZC Ango: The Liberating Practice of Non-Duality

September 1, 2023

Title page of an 1811 edition of Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō

“In order to learn the nature of the myriad things, you must know that although they may look round or square, the other features of oceans and mountains are infinite in variety; whole worlds are there. It is so not only around you, but also directly beneath your feet, or in a drop of water.”

—Genjo Koan by Dogen-zenji

In our fall 2023 practice period, we will explore the liberating practice of nonduality, and what it means in our everyday lives. In Zen, nonduality is not a view or position, but an open-hearted practice of an intimate and transformative engagement with dualities and dualistic ways of thinking and being, which are so often the root of delusion, grasping and the suffering that flows from them. 

Our main text will be Dogen’s Genjo Koan, “Actualizing the Fundamental Point.” In this writing, Dogen-zenji explores three dualities in particular: delusion and realization, birth and death, sentient beings and Buddhas; and offers guidance on how to engage these dualities for Zen students to train and deepen capacity for engaging liberative non-duality.

We will inquire into a living, somatic, practical nonduality together, as an inherently relational, communal practice, inseparable from social liberation.

Calendar: the Fall Practice Period begins with a Fall Practice Period Opening Ceremony on September 20th and concludes with a Practice Period Closing Ceremony on December 13th at Boundless Mind Temple in Brooklyn (also available via live-stream).

The fall practice period will include making a practice commitment among the following practice offerings:

Opening and Closing ceremonies

Wednesday evening in-person dharma shares 

Opportunities for daily zazen

Online classes

One, three and five day retreats

Meetings with practice leaders

Being paired with a Dharma buddy

Weekly offering by email with practices, resources and encouragements for our practice together

By filling out the practice period commitment form we clarify how all of us will be supporting each other and our own practice. Please fill out and submit the 2023 fall Practice Period commitment form by September 17th.