Dr. Kato's Zen Buddhism Lecture Series:
Dr. Kato conducts lectures on Zen Buddhism, starting at 10am on the 4th Sunday of each month in Japanese. Open to public. Free.
He will be lecturing on the writings from Shobogenzo by Dogen Zenji, the founder of Soto Zen (1200-1253).
Reverend Wako Kato, Ph.D., is a Soto Zen priest. He has served at Sokoji in San Francisco from 1952 to 1963 and at Zenshuji since 1963. He also holds the position of chief priest of Fuganji in Nara, Japan. Besides his priesthood, he held academic positions at San Francisco State University and the University of California at Berkeley. After he moved to Los Angeles, he taught at California State University, Los Angeles, where he was granted Professor Emeritus. He was also a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Before this lecture series began, he was a Dean of International Studies at the Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Japan for seven years and now, Professor Emeritus there. He has authored seven books and numerous articles in English and Japanese.
Zen in Daily Life - A Monthly Discussion Series:
“Zen in Daily Life” is an informal discussion series that explores how the principles of Zen Buddhism and the teachings of the Zen Masters apply to daily life of the lay person.
Discussion focuses on our current lives to answer a number of crucial questions about Zen: Who is Buddha? What is Dharma? How do the basic laws of Buddhism manifest in our daily lives? What is the path to enlightenment? What are the guidelines for Zen living? Is seated meditation (Zazen) necessary? What role does faith play in Zen practice? How do compassion and helping others fit in with modern living?
Discussion is led by Rev. Koshi Kuwahara
Rev. Kuwahara’s main motto is “Let’s Zen Practice comes alive best through daily living, and having a peaceful mind while doing life’s everyday activities.” His efforts to work with people focus on integrate Zen in American daily life.
The 3rd Saturday of each month, 9:30am-11am
Admission is free. Donation appreciated