When we practice, each moment of practice is completely new, and at the same time is part of a tradition which is over 2,500 years old. To understand practice, we need to engage with this tradition.
With this in mind, we have extensively studied the writings of Zen Master Dogen, through independent study, study with John’s teacher, Michael Eido Luetchford, and, more recently, through the writings and recordings of Shohaku Okumura.
It is important for us not simply to see Master Dogen – and Zen generally – as ahistorical, and so we have recently broadened the scope of our study to engage with early Chinese Buddhism and the origins of the Mahayana School.
We have been studying The Lotus Sutra, held on the online meeting platform Zoom every Friday from 5pm to 7pm since March. Participants can drop in and out of the group as they please, it isn’t necessary to take part each week. Please come and join us – to do this contact us by email for the Zoom details, or for any questions about this group.