Intro Class & Jikoji Retreat


Authentic Zen, Ordinary Lives: An Introduction to Zen teachings and practice.

Daijaku Kinst will lead a 4 lecture series on Zen practice and the foundation Buddhist teachings that support and shape it. She will discuss what is unique about the practice of zazen, how Zen practice is expressed in our daily activities and relationships. What is the role of form and rituals, community and a teacher? We will explore the Buddhist concepts of interdependence, Buddha Nature, self and no-self, the Bodhisattva Path, faith and fearlessness. Bring your questions, an open mind and a sense of humor. Everyone is welcome. Fee: the teachings are offered free of charge, donations are welcome.

Rev. Daijaku Kinst, Ph.D. was ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 1988 and is a Dharma successor in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She is a professor of Buddhism at the Institute of Buddhist Studies/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California. She has taught and led retreats in a variety of settings, including Gampo Abbey with Ani Pema Chodron.    Daijaku is a down to earth teacher who makes the teachings and practice of Soto Zen accessible to everyone.

The 4 week teaching series will end with a retreat at Jikoji Zen Mountain Monastery.

jikoji welcome to jikoji

This is a weekend retreat at Jikoji, which will begin on Friday Jan 30th, continuing Jan 31st and ending on Feb 1st. Jikoji has overnight accommodations. More information about this retreat will be posted soon. There will be a cost to participants. Please see their website at and check out the beautiful zendo and grounds. More images can be seen at google images. If you are interested in attending please write




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