A mother's dying wish to her son "please finds out why there is so much fighting and suffering in this world." So begins this enthralling Japanese movie depicting the life of Dōgen.
Join us for a private screening of this highly acclaimed Japanese movie starring Kantaro Nakamura playing Eihei Dōgen the man who founded the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan.After traveling to China and training under Rujing, a master of Chinese Caodong School (a Chinese Chan Buddhist sect.)
Like Shinran Shonin, Eihei Dōgen was also a Tendai monk on Mount Hiei and questioned the Tendai doctrine: "As I study the exoteric and the esoteric schools of Buddhism, they maintain that human beings are endowed with the Dharma-nature by birth.If this is the case, why did the Buddhas of all ages – undoubtedly in possession of enlightenment – find it necessary to seek enlightenment and engage in spiritual practice?"Come and find out how he discovered the answer.
"Inspired…fearless…an eloquent explanation of Dōgen's Zen." – Japan Times
Place: American Buddhist Study Center Library, 331 Riverside Drive (between 105 and 106 Streets)
We continue to provide meaningful Buddhist programs for the community on a consistent basis. Pictured here is Dr. Richard Payne, Dean of IBS (Institute of Buddhist Studies) from Berkeley giving a talk on the Buddhist practice. Others speakers we hosted include Roshi Gentoku Kobayashi a Zen master teacher from Kyoto, Dr. James Dobbins, Religious Professor from Oberlin College and well known Shin Buddhist professor and author, Dr. Alfred Bloom.
"What is most significant about this volume is Monshu Ohtani wrote it in the context of the various problems and crises that have beset humanity in Japan and the world during his tenure. He looks beyond the simply personal nature of religion and its otherworldly character to see the Buddha calling modern people to take the teaching seriously and grip their responsibility to care for the world and society." – Rev. Dr. Alfred Bloom