2023 BZC Calendar of Events
(revised, 4/26/23; subject to change; see monthly calendar below to confirm. Also note details about whether an event is hybrid, in person only, or online only.)
Class: Four Koans from The Book of Serenity
Thu, Mar 24, 2022
Ellen Webb, Ryushin Andrea Thach, and Ron Nestor will present three koans from Thomas Cleary's translation of The Book of Serenity. This collection of 100 koans or cases is the koan collection most associated with our Soto lineage.We're aiming for interactive class discussions of these three provocative cases, which can be understood from different points of emphasis. We'll supply a scanned copy of Cleary's text and Word files of excellent commentaries by Koun Yamada. For those without printers we will have paper copies available on the bulletin board shelf at BZC. The Book of Serenity is also available from booksellers and online. The four cases we’ll be working with are case #12, Dizang Planting the Fields, case #20, Dizang's Nearness, and case #36, Master Ma is Unwell, case #53, Obaku's "Drinkers". Studying koans in this way is not the same as the Rinzai practice of working with one's teacher and trying to embody the koan, so we want to be clear about the difference. However, we have found it to be rich and helpful in clarifying the essential points of Zen practice.
Cost for the series is $40 or what you can afford. More information will be posted on BZC Community Group as we get closer to the dates. All are welcome.