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Buddhist Studies

Winter 2024:
When Conditions are Arranged: Katagiri Roshi's Lectures on Karma

Taught by Genpo Michael O'Neal

Human body and mind as Buddha is taking care of [your life] with compassion, in order to share your life with others. Because others also have the same karma, so you can share...Just take care, day by day, and share your karma with people, and recognize how important it is. That practice is wonderful; we say our karma turns into Buddha.

— from “Taking Care of Karma," July 4, 1980 Dharma Talk by Dainin Katagiri Roshi, transcribed by Kikan Michael Howard


Karagiri Roshi, 1987. Photo by Jim Dildine, courtesy of Minnesota Zen Meditation Center.

In 1980, Zen teacher Dainin Katagiri Roshi gave a series of talks explaining the Buddhist concept of karma. Karma is not simply action, or cause and effect; nor is it some kind of force that locks us into a certain destiny. According to Katagiri Roshi, karma is great energy that enables us to live, to relate to the world, and to move freely into the future.

Our Fall 2023 class surveyed general topics related to karma as presented in Katagiri Roshi’s talks. This term’s class continues our study of karma through reading and discussing Katagiri Roshi’s talks, as well as teachings from other authors. We will review before diving deeper into this topic, so it is not necessary to have taken the previous class to join this one.

In This Class...

In this class we will read and discuss transcripts of Katagiri Roshi’s talks on karma. 

Each class will include zazen (sitting practice), presentations by the instructor, and discussion.

The primary course reading is “Taking Care of Karma: Katagiri Roshi’s Lectures on Karma,” as transcribed by Kikan Michael Howard.  This text is currently available only by taking this course.

The class will be led by Genpo Michael O'Neal, a Zen priest in Katagiri Roshi’s lineage, and guiding teacher at Compassionate Ocean.

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Registration Information

Wednesdays, Jan. 24–March 13 (eight sessions) (#B108)

7:00-9:00 P.M.

$185 (members $165) (includes course materials) 

This course will be held in-person at the Center, with an option for remote participation via Zoom if requested.

Member rates apply to members of all local Buddhist centers. Reduced fees are offered as needed; please contact the Center at (612) 781-7640.

Early registration is encouraged. 


You may register online using one of the buttons below—select the option for  your preferred payment method (online or check).

  • $185 for non-members (fee includes book)

  • $170 for non-members (if you already have the book)

  • $165 for members (fee includes book)

  • $150 for members (if you already have the book)

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