The five-day retreat focuses on the study of the Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye Treasury), the major work of the founder of Soto Zen, Dogen Zenji. Although the Shobogenzo is considered to be one of the most important Buddhist texts in Japan and has been translated into English several times, it is very difficult to understand without studying the text in its original language. Genzo-e is a rare opportunity for in-depth study of Dogen with a teacher who has studied the Shobogenzo extensively and practiced with its insights for many years.
Okumura Roshi spends many hours preparing for the two 90-minute lecture he offers each day of the genzo-e. Meanwhile, sangha members are making sure the dorm is ready to accommodate visitors, registrations and payments are in order, the zendo is set up and cleaned, and that meal arrangements are made. Seventy-five individual meals are served per full day during the genzo-e, making food practice a major element of the event. Everyone is invited to participate in the practice of preparing and offering meals; full retreat participation is not required. If you're interested in supporting Sanshin in this way, please send us an e-mail.
While the genzo-e itself is sold out, local sangha members are invited to drop in for the lectures at no charge. A daily schedule is available here.