A.H. Almaas Lecture Series

Dogen: The Founder of Soto Zen in Japan

Date/Time: November 6, 10am-12:00pm Pacific

Dogen: The Founder of Soto ZenIn 1228 CE, the Japanese monk Dogen returned to his homeland from China, where he had lived for four years and received Dharma transmission from the Buddhist master Rujing. Dogen went on to introduce the practice of zazen in Japan and founded the school of Soto Zen, which, 800 years later, flourishes worldwide.

Dogen’s teachings diverged starkly from the Tendai Buddhist training he had received before going to China. That school promoted the doctrine of original enlightenment, which claimed that because humans are enlightened by nature, we cannot achieve enlightenment through practice. Dogen disagreed. As he wrote, “Practice is realization and realization is practice.”

Dogen’s writings about realization and awakening were revelatory and they remain so, not being easily understood even by teachers of Zen. In this lecture, Almaas will investigate some of the realizations Dogen introduced that are not commonly known or understood by most of the spiritual community in the west; it will be useful for many to recognize the greater horizons that our spiritual nature can open.

The lecture will last approximately 75 to 90 minutes followed by a question and comment period.

About the Speaker

A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali)A. Hameed Ali was born in Kuwait in 1944. At the age of eighteen, he moved to the US to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his PhD in physics when he reached a turning point in his life and destiny that led him to inquire into the psychological and spiritual aspects of human nature rather than the physical nature of the universe. He left the academic world to pursue an in-depth journey of inner discovery, applying his scientific precision and discipline to personal, experiential research. This included study with different teachers in different modalities, extensive reading, and continuous study of his own consciousness in an effort to understand the essential nature of human experience and reality in general. Hameed’s process of exploration led to the creation of the Ridhwan School and, with Karen Johnson, resulted in the founding and unfoldment of the Diamond Approach. He is an author of over 19 different books.

Registration Information

Lecture: Dogen: The Founder of Soto Zen in Japan

Date/Time: November 6, 10am-12:00pm Pacific

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