Soto Zen Practice: What and Why Do We Do What We Do?: A Dharma Talk by Daigan Gaither

  • Teacher  Rev. Daigan Gaither
  • Date/Time  Saturday, July 15th at 10:15am
  • Location  In Person and Online
  • Fee  By donation

Rev. Daigan Gaither (He/Him) began Buddhist practice in 1995 in the Vipassana (Insight) tradition, and then began to study Zen in 2003. He received Lay Ordination in 2006 where he was given the name Daigan or “Great Vow”, and received Priest Ordination in July 2011. Daigan speaks internationally on a variety of topics particularly around gender, sexuality, social justice and their intersections with the Dharma. He also sits or has sat on a number of boards and committees that serve community needs and further social justice causes.

Daigan has a BA in Philosophy and Religion from San Francisco State University, and an MA in Buddhist Studies (with a chaplaincy certificate and a certificate in Soto Zen Buddhism) from the Graduate Theological Union and the Institute of Buddhist Studies. You can find out more via his website He lives in San Francisco, CA and identifies as a disabled, queer, white, cis male.

This talk invites us to ask what  it means to practice Soto Zen. Rather than saying what it should or shouldn’t mean, Daigan hopes to offer some ideas on how we can explore what it means for ourselves. This Dharma Talk will introduce the topic, and discussion will continue later in the afternoon workshop for those able to join.


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Time: Saturdays from 9-12 AM CST   (repeats weekly on Saturdays)


8:00 – 8:30 am      Informal Zazen 

8:30 – 8:40 am      Kinhin

8:40 – 9:05 am       Informal Zazen

9:05 – 9:15 am       Han for Zazen

9:15 – 9:50 am        Zazen

9:50 – 10:15am       Service & Announcements

10:15 – 11:30 am    Dharma Talk & Discussion (see before & after lecture chants)

11:30 am                 Tea and cookies