Hakuin’s Song of Zazen
with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei
February 4, 2021
Zazen is the fundamental practice of Zen practitioners, the method of all awakening. A perfect gateway for understanding and exploring zazen—which we do individually and collectively—is Zen master Hakuin’s Song of Zazen, a poem which celebrates and encourages this foundational practice.
Exploring the subtle effects which arise during zazen are infinitely more important than explaining why we do zazen. Perspectives offered in Hakuin’s Song are some we may not have encountered personally, but can still inspire and expand our understanding of zazen’s power and effectiveness. What are the implications of doing or not-doing of zazen on the spiritual path? This workshop will have relevance for everyone who has been interested in understanding better the power of zazen, whether you are just beginning to explore or are already a seasoned practitioner. Studying Hakun’s instructions can help each of us deepen our understanding and practice, and to see how his influence extends directly into how we practice Zen today.
Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1768) along with Dogen, are reputedly the most important Zen Masters in the history of Japan. Hakuin revitalized the Rinzai school and the koan system and helped establish methods of practice used widely today, including in the Mountains and Rivers Order.
Prior to the workshop please read these two translations of the Song of Zazen by Norman Waddell and the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun.
Thursday, February 4th 6:30-8:30pm
Donations are appreciated to help support our efforts during this time.
Hogen Sensei has been engaged in formal Zen practice since 1978, and was in residential training at the Monastery for twelve years before returning to lay life in 2007. He shares his time between the Zen Center of NYC and rural Pennsylvania, where he lives with his family. Hogen received dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi in 2016.
Learn more about Ron Hogen Green, Sensei