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Class: Actualizing the Fundamental Point: An Introduction to Genjo Koan, GGF 5/6-6/10/13

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Yo-on Jeremy Levie
Mondays, 7:30 - 9 pm
May 6 - June 10, 2013
with Jeremy Levie

How do we actualize this fundamental point of our life and practice? The Genjo Koan, originally a letter from Dogen Zenji to a lay student, is perhaps the most highly valued writing in the whole of Dogen’s masterwork, Shobogenzo. Appreciated for its literary style, the Genjo Koan unfolds the foundational philosophy that supports the many concrete instructions Dogen Zenji gave to his students and is a poetic expression of Dogen's teaching of practice-realization.

We will engage with this work through careful study and close reading of many sections of the text, with a particular eye toward its relevance for our everyday practice. Class participants will have the opportunity to memorize and recite passages from the text and to participate in exercises and discussions oriented toward bringing this fascicle into our daily lives. This class is intended both for those continuing their study of this text (particularly from the spring practice period) and for those encountering the text for the first time.

Six-week class series Fee: $90; $81 current SFZC members; $72 limited income.

To Register: Call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.

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Yo-on Jeremy Levie
Yo-on Jeremy Levie currently serves as head of practice (tanto) for Green Dragon Temple at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, where he offers talks, works individually with students, and leads sittings, classes and study groups. Prior to being tanto, he served as director at Green Gulch from 2009 to 2012. He has trained in residence at San Francisco Zen Center since 1995, having lived at each of the Center’s three temples. He was ordained by Eijun Linda Cutts in 2005 and trained as head monk (shuso) in 2009. In addition to his service on the SFZC Board of Directors, Jeremy has also served on the Board of the Marin Interfaith Council. Jeremy studied philosophy and theater at Yale University and trained as a teacher of Motion Theater improvisation. He continues to be interested in the intersection of Zen practice with Western thought and culture, and co-leads retreats on the meeting of Zen with other disciplines. He currently lives with his wife, Meg, and daughter, Elizabeth, at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.