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Dogen's Genjo Koan: Actualizing the Fundamental Point--a weekend retreat with Myoshin Kate McCandless

  • Mountain Rain Zendo 2016 Wall St. Vancouver, BC Canada (map)
Eihei Dogen 1200-1253

Eihei Dogen 1200-1253

To study the buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things.
— Dogen Zenji

These lines, perhaps the most quoted of Dogen , the founder of Soto Zen in Japan, come from a text called Genjo Koan, Actualizing the Fundamental Point. This text is one of Dogen’s most foundational teachings and expresses the essence of Soto Zen practice. We can return to it over and over to deepen our understanding.

This retreat is an opportunity to focus on a Dogen text intensively, in community, and to apply his words to our zazen practice and everyday lives.

It will include periods of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), two dharma talks each day, small and large group discussion, and reflective writing.

Please join us—everyone welcome!  Please bring a bag lunch. 

About the Teacher: Myoshin Kate McCandless is a Zen Buddhist priest and resident teacher of Mountain Rain Zen Community. She first encountered Dogen’s teachings when practicing with Shohaku Okumura Roshi in Kyoto, Japan in the mid-1980s, and has continued to find them wonderfully inexhaustible.

February 27-28  Saturday-Sunday  9:00-4:30


  • Full-time attendance: $80
  • Half-time attendance: $40
  • For those on a limited income, reduced fees are available. Please complete the Weekend Retreat Reduced Fee Request form (click the link to access the form). No one will turned away for lack of funds. 

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Retreat fees only cover expenses. There will be an opportunity to give a donation/dana to the teacher at the retreat. 


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February 27-28. 2016
Mountain Rain Zendo, 2016 Wall St. Vancouver, BC

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