Tuesday Evening Study

Class is from 8-9pm, after zazen and a short break (you can arrive or leave any time).  You are welcome to join our class series for free at any time, at any point in the series, and there is no need to register.

Note: Study Schedule is subject to change – check back for updates! Click Here for our Event Calendar. Classes and Dharma Talks are almost always recorded; click here for recordings.

Beginning June 23rd:


How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment – A Series on Dogen’s Book

We will spend 14 weeks studying and discussing Dogen’s book How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment.

In the thirteenth century, Zen master Dogen—perhaps the most significant of all Japanese philosophers, and the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen sect—wrote a practical manual of Instructions for the Zen Cook . In drawing parallels between preparing meals for the Zen monastery and spiritual training, he reveals far more than simply the rules and manners of the Zen kitchen; he teaches us how to “cook,” or refine our lives. In this volume Kosho Uchiyama Roshi undertakes the task of elucidating Dogen’s text for the benefit of modern-day readers of Zen. Taken together, his translation and commentary truly constitute a “cookbook for life,” one that shows us how to live with an unbiased mind in the midst of our workaday world.

You can order a hard copy of the book online, or get an ebook or Audiobook version.  We also have a few library copies if you need to borrow one. If you have any trouble accessing the book, please let Domyo know (info[at]brightwayzen.org).


Upcoming Study Schedule:

June 23rd  –  The Tenzo Kyokun and Shikan-taza

June 30th – Tenzokyojun

July 7th – Concerning the Religious Life

July 14th – The True Form of the Self

July 21st – Everything You Encounter is Your Life

July 28th – Seeing the World Without Holding Worldly Values

August 4th – On Parental Mind

August 11th  – Having a Passion for Life

August 18th– Direction and Goal

August 25th  – Making Life Calculations

September 1st  – Working with a Clear Vision

September 8th – Living Through the Life of the Self

September 15th – On Life Force and Life Activity

September 22nd – The Function of a Settled Life

September 29th – Throwing Your Life into the Abode of the Buddha