Movie Night! ZEN
“Zen” is the true story of Eihei Dogen, the great 13th century Japanese Buddhist master. Dogen traveled in China and established a monastery in Japan, where the emphasis was strongly on meditation. He is considered the founder of the Soto school of Zen.
This film, directed by Banmei Takahashi and starring Kantaro Nakamura, covers the whole of Dogen’s life during a time of great upheaval in Japan. It presents his interactions with his followers as well as his rivals. Here are some words of this revered Zen master:
To study the way of enlightenment is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things.
When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. (Translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi)
Please enjoy this fascinating film with us. Bring something to eat or drink for our potluck table. Movie Night is free and open to the public. Our space is small, so please arrive on time.
Friday, October 30. 7pm.