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Bendowa: A Series of Talks about Pursuing the Truth with Ekai Korematsu Roshi
July 10 @ 7:30 pm - July 31 @ 7:30 pm
BENDOWA: A Series of Talks about Pursuing the Truth
Shobogenzo Chapter 1
with Abbot of Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community, Ekai Korematsu Roshi
ONLINE via Zoom – Friday July 10, 17, 24 and 31 @ 7:30pm
Zen Master Dogen introduced seated meditation, “Zazen” to Japan in the early 13th Century. In 1227, shortly after he returned from China, he wrote Fukanzazengi – The Universal Recommendation of Zazen. In this writing, he declared “Zazen” as the authentic gate and the complete form of Buddha-Dharma itself. Zen Master Dogen’s lifetime mission on the Buddha-Dharma began from this point.
Bendowa was written in 1231 to propagate the Buddha-Dharma for people with a genuine interest in pursuing the Truth, namely “Zazen”. Zen Master Dogen wrote it with his strong conviction and experience that Zazen and Buddhism are one and the same. So, Zazen (big “Z”) naturally distinguishes itself from conventional zazen: a type of sitting meditation that is understood as a means to attain enlightenment. Moreover, the scope of Zen Master Dogen’s Zazen practice and understanding is far and wide, beyond ordinary human consciousness.
This Winter Zen Series will discuss Bendowa – first of the 95-chapter version of Shobogenzo, with emphasis on “Jijiyu Zanmai”, the Samadhi of self-fulfillment (of Sambhogakaya).
The cost for the teachings is $20 per session (or $72 if booking for all four). A 10% discount applies for E-Vam members, HCC, Students, Under35s (use code DISC)
At this time, we want to ensure that everyone has the same access, regardless of financial position. You can apply for our Dharma Dana fund to attend at no cost [access the application form here – https://forms.gle/iAXm1t4HRXWawHJ76]. If you are registering for Dharma Dana on the day of a teaching, please call the office on (03) 9387 0422 to ensure processing of your request.
Ekai Korematsu Roshi is the main teacher and Director of Jikishoan’s “Zen and Integrated Buddhist Studies” Program. Born in Japan in 1948, he studied humanities and Buddhism in Denmark,USA. and Japan. He was ordained as a monk by Kobun Chino Roshi at Haiku Zendo, Los ALtos in 1976. He received dhamma transmission from Ikko Narasaki Roshi at Zuioji Monastery in 1986. His formal training was twelve years in three monasteries; Eiheiji, Zuioji and Shogoji. His Buddhist education is through Soto Zen Buddhism. Ekai Roshi has been serving as Abbot and Resident Teacher of Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community in Melbourne since its inception in 1999