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Hō-on Memorial Online Zazenkai 2020

July 25, 2020 - July 26, 2020


Retreat: July 25-26
Annual Memorial Service: Sunday, July 26

The Ho-on memorial Zazenkai and service honoring the Founder of Rinzai-ji, Denkyō-shitsū Kyozan Jōshū Roshi, will be Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, July 26. This event will be Rinzai-ji’s primary celebration of our beloved teacher during the sequestration caused by the pandemic, and we hope all of the Sangha who are able will participate. It will be an online retreat, including dharma talks and dokusan/practice interviews with Dokuro Osho. Off-line time will be built into the schedule to allow for meals, work practice at your home, and kinhin.

Suggested Contribution: $50-75. We know that some people are struggling financially, and we want to make these offerings available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. If you can afford more, please consider giving at a higher level to help others.

Everyone who registers will receive a schedule with Zoom links. While we encourage full-time participation, you may join us for as much as you can. Please contact office@rinzaiji.org if you have any questions.

Kyō-on Dokurō, Oshō, is a native of Austria, where he started formal Zen practice (1982) under the tutelage of Seiun Genro Koudela, Oshō. Genro (1923 – 2010), also a native of Austria, had lived in the United States for many years, studied Zen with Sasaki Rōshi, and returned to Vienna in 1980. Dokurō started to regularly participate in residential training with Sasaki Rōshi at Mt. Baldy Zen Center and was ordained a monk in 1989. In April 2004 Sasaki Rōshi bestowed the rank of Oshō on Dokurō in a Suiji-shiki (Temple Dharma Transmission) Ceremony at Rinzai-ji in Los Angeles. Since Jōshū Rōshi passed away Dokurō has continued to study Rinzai Zen under the tutelage of Shinge Rōshi of the Zen Studies Society. On November 25, 2017, Shinge Rōshi designated Dokurō as her Dharma Heir. As a recipient of inka shōmei Dokurō is a fully authorized Rinzai Zen master in the Japanese Hakuin lineage transmitted through Nakagawa Soen Rōshi. Following tradition, a period of time for advanced training is observed before the title of Rōshi and a new name is bestowed onto a Dharma Heir, which will conclude Dokurō’s training.

Dokurō served for a number of years as the Buddhist Chaplain at Boston University and is currently a Buddhist Chaplain at Harvard University. From 2004 until 2011 he led the Zazen-kai at the Cambridge Buddhist Association (Cambridge, Massachusetts). Dokurō conducts Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo (Livingston Manor, NY) and at New York Zendo, Shobo-ji on a regular basis.

If you have any question or if this will be your first retreat, please contact office@rinzaiji.org

Reduced fees may be available to students who would otherwise be unable to attend.


July 25, 2020
July 26, 2020
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