Introduction to the Sandokai: Harmony of Difference and Equality (class), 10/10 – 11/28
Led by Rinso Ed Sattizahn
Eight Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm, October 10 – November 28
The Sandokai is a poem by the eighth-century Chinese Zen Master Shitou Xiqian (700-790) and a fundamental text of the Soto School of Zen. The poem addresses how the oneness of things coexists with the multiplicity of things. In the summer of 1970 Suzuki Roshi gave twelve talks on the Sandokai. These talks were edited and published as the book Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness. Included with the talks are a wonderful collection of student questions with Suzuki Roshi’s answers. We will use this text for the class as well as Shohaku Okamura’s discussion of the Sandokai in his book Living By Vow. We will explore these texts and the theme through a combination of presentations, discussion, small group exercises, and a reflection paper.
Appropriate for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
Fees: $149; $134 current SFZC members; $89 limited income. Some partial scholarships available. Note: The fee for this class is automatically included in the fee for online and commuter participation.
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