The Mahāparinirvāṇa Sutra states that “All sentient beings without exception have the Buddha-nature.” Practitioners often take this to mean that we all have the inner potential to become Buddha, to become enlightened. Using Joan Stambaugh’s Impermanence is Buddha-nature as our guiding text, we will explore how Dōgen rejected this traditional, perhaps common-sense interpretation of Buddha-nature in favor of something far more complex and radical. We will try to understand his view of practice that rejects any implication that it serves as a means or technique to the end of becoming enlightened, that practice is awakening. In addition to her study of Dōgen, Stambaugh also translated works of Martin Heidegger, most famously Being and Time. We will explore these two seemingly very different thinkers, engaging them in dialogue regarding temporality and its relation to our life and practice.
Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.
This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until eight weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.
As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.