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Dogen's Bendowa: The Whole-hearted Way


  • Mountain Rain Zendo 2016 Wall Street Vancouver, BC, V5L 1J5 Canada (map)
At this moment you turn the unsurpassable great dharma wheel and expound the profound wisdom, ultimate and unconditioned.

— Dogen Zenji--Bendowa

Bendowa, The Wholehearted Way, is the first essay in Dogen Zenji’s Sobogenzo, a collection that forms the heart of his teachings. He wrote Bendowa in 1231 when he was only 31, as a short introduction to the essentials of Soto Zen practice, which he had introduced to Japan after his return from China. It emphasizes the central role of zazen and the importance of practice in actualizing and experiencing our deep unity with all things.

 Dharma seminar sessions consist of two zazen periods, an informal talk, writing reflections (bring a notebook), small/large group talking circles, followed by tea and snacks in the kitchen. Everyone welcome!  By donation.

Please note: No dharma seminar March 20. We will have a Fusatsu full moon bodhisattva precepts ceremony followed by a spring poetry circle to celebrate the spring equinox. Please bring a poem of your own or one you like by someone else to share. There will a basket of spring poems to chose from for those who don’t bring one.