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

Friday @ 7:45pm, 8/27th - Wednesday @ 4:30pm, September 1st

Genzo-e Sesshin on Dogen’s Shobogenzo Muchu Setsumu

A 5-day ONLINE 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 classes with Kokyo, 10 periods of zazen, chanting services, work-practice, and optional dokusan meetings. Though participation in the whole sesshin is highly encouraged, partial participation is also possible by the day or for classes only.
Come explore the wondrous meaning and implications of Dogen Zenji’s profound writings with visiting teacher Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Schedule (see full schedule below):

  • Friday (eve): Orientation @7:45pm; Zazen @8pm
  • Saturday-Tuesday: 6am-8:50pm with 2 classes (10-11:30am; 2:40-4:10pm)
  • Wednesday: 6am-4:30pm with 2 classes (10-11:30am; 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.

** Please NOTE **: As Travis County remains at Stage 5 COVID risk, this retreat will be entirely online except for residents and teachers.

Genzo-e Online Sesshin – Full Schedule

Friday, August 27 – Wednesday, September 1 2021

Friday (eve):

7:45 Orientation 

8:00 Zazen (w/Admonitions)

8:35 Refuges


6:00am Zazen*

6:35 Kinhin*

6:45 Zazen*

7:20 Morning Service*

7:35 Soji*

7:50 Breakfast Break

9:15 Zazen (w/public program on Saturday)

9:50 Kinhin (Hymn to Perfection of Wisdom chant on Saturday)

10:00 Lecture w/Discussion (w/public program on Saturday)

11:30 Kinhin 

11:40 Zazen

12:10 Lunch Break 

1:10 Work Period

1:45 End Work

2:00 Zazen

2:30 Kinhin

2:40 Lecture w/Discussion

4:10 Kinhin (Wednesday: Closing Ceremony)

4:20 Zazen

4:50 Kinhin

5:00 Zazen

5:35 Eve Service 

5:45 Supper Break

7:00 Zazen

7:30 Kinhin

7:40 Zazen 

8:10 Kinhin

8:20 Zazen

8:50 Refuges

* Simultaneous with AZC’s regular morning schedule (Tue-Fri)