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The Awesome Presence of Active Buddhas

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A Four-part Telecourse with Taigen Dan Leighton
Hosted by Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei
Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2018
9:00 - 10:30 am MT via Zoom

Two Arrows Zen Sangha is honored to be joined for our sixth telecourse with Taigen Leighton. He teaches with a profound depth of practice and scholarship that truly enriches and enlivens our Zen study and practice together. Welcome again, Taigen!

The Awesome Presence of Active Buddhas will study highlights of Dogen’s Shobogenzo essay Gyobutsu Igi, “The Awesome Presence (or Dignified Manner) of Active Buddhas.”

Though not yet well-known in Western Dogen studies, this substantial essay by the prolific Japanese 13th-century founder of Soto Zen describes the qualities and nature of actual, active, practicing buddhas in the world. It includes many colorful images and aspects of true practice, including the necessity for buddhas of going beyond buddha, buddhas not waiting for enlightenment, buddhas’ transformative function, the importance of making mistakes, the art of letting go, the reality that buddhas abide in flames when they teach, and how buddhas listen to the teaching as well as offering it.

$95 TAZ Members
(also SZBA, WPA, and Ancient Dragon Zen Gate Affiliates)

$120 Non-members


COURSE STRUCTURE (more to come)

I. July 7

II. July 14

III. July 21

IV. July 28

The course study guide will be provided with registration.

Taigen’s hosts for the series are Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei and Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei, whose love of the Dharma, Buddha, and Sangha have inspired this offering.

The class meets on four successive Saturday mornings for 90-minute sessions and will include the opportunity for questions and dialog with Taigen Leighton. MP3 course recordings will be sent to all participants during the week, in time for review before the next class meeting.


Taigen Dan Leighton is a Soto Zen priest and teacher, scholar, and author. He is an authorized lineage holder and Zen teacher in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki, and a dharma heir of Tenshin Reb Anderson. He is the founder and Guiding Teacher of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago, Illinois.

Leighton is an adjunct professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and has taught widely elsewhere, including at the University of Chicago, the California Institute of Integral Studies, Loyola University, the University of San Francisco, and Otani University in Kyoto. He is the author or translator of numerous academic books on Zen, along with others that straddle the line between scholarly and popular, most prominent among which is his Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression.

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