Genzo-e Sesshin on Dogen’s “Within a Dream Expressing the Dream” with Kokyo Henkel

Friday @ 6pm, August 27th - Wednesday @ 5pm, September 1st

Genzo-e Sesshin: Shobogenzo Muchu Setsumu

A 5-day Study Sesshin with Rev. Kokyo Henkel
Dogen Zenji writes that all buddhas and Zen ancestors are expressing a dream within a dream and that “every dewdrop manifested in every realm is a dream. This dream is the glowing clarity of the hundred grasses.”
Genzo-e is a concentrated study retreat on a chapter of Dogen’s Shobogenzo. In this retreat we will investigate together Dogen’s understanding of the dreamlike nature of life and its expression. Each day will include morning and afternoon teachings with Kokyo, ~7-10 periods of zazen, chanting services, work-practice, formal oryoki meals, and optional dokusan meetings. Though participation in the whole sesshin is highly encouraged, it is also possible to join for any one day.
Come explore the wondrous meaning and implications of Dogen Zenji’s profound writings with visiting teacher Rev. Kokyo Henkel.

Schedule (Draft):

  • Friday (eve): Oryoki & Server Training @ 6:00pm/Orientation @ 7:30pm/Zazen @ 8pm
  • Friday-Tuesday: 6am-8:50pm.
  • Wednesday: 6am-5pm

Fri-Wed classes are tentatively set for 10-11:30am and 2:40-4:10pm. This retreat ends following a closing circle and refuges at 5pm.

Rev. Kokyo Henkel trained for 19 years in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (most recently as Tanto, or Head of Practice), Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, No Abode Hermitage in Mill Valley, and Bukkokuji Monastery in Japan. He was ordained as a Zen priest in 1994 by Tenshin Reb Anderson, receiving Dharma Transmission from him in 2010. He served as Head of Practice at Tassajara and Head Teacher of the Santa Cruz Zen Center. Kokyo has also been practicing with the Tibetan Dzogchen (“Great Perfection”) Teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche since 2003, in California, Colorado, and Kathmandu.

Kokyo is interested in exploring how the original teachings of Buddha-Dharma from ancient India, China, and Japan are still very much alive and useful in present-day America to bring peace and harmony to this troubled world.

Program Fees*:

Full Sesshin: $300 members/$360 nonmembers
         Per-day: $90 members/$120 nonmembers
Classes only: $150 members/$180 nonmembers

* As always, AZC is committed to making the teachings available to everyone. To request financial assistance from our Scholarship Fund, or if you would like to donate to the Fund for others to be able to participate, please contact the AZC Administrator at 512-452-5777.