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Buddhist Studies

Spring 2021: The Spiritual Mirror

Image by Yeshi Kangrang

In every person's reflection we can see a manifestation of human life, the human mind, and the  human heart. That is why we have to make every possible effort to see and understand cultures and personalities different from our own. So let's live together in peace. You stand up in that mirror with a calm mind, other people stand up there, and finally those different faces become the one face of the essential nature of human existence.                                                                                                                                                                               

 ~Dainin Katagiri 

The Light that Shines through Infinity


Taught by Genpo Michael O'Neal and Joen O’Neal

This course will be a careful examination of Zen teachings expressed by Dainin Katagiri Roshi in his book, The Light that Shines through Infinity.

The primary focus will be on the "spiritual mirror." This is a metaphor for seeing deeply into the nature of our life and the life of the whole universe. The form this takes is constant change, manifesting the energy of life. Katagiri Roshi says, ". . . to deeply understand our human life, we need the spiritual mirror that reflects the essential nature of life. . . . Everything is reflected in that mirror."

Dainin Katagiri Roshi was the root teacher of Michael and Joen O'Neal and one of the most influential Zen teachers in the West. Copies of the course text will be mailed out as needed to course participants.

Registration Information

Wednesdays, March 31–May 19 (eight sessions) (#B97)

7:00-9:00 P.M.

$185 (members $165) (people who already have the text may deduct $15 from course fee)

Note that this course will be conducted online via Zoom.

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

Enrollment for classes is limited, and early registration is encouraged. You may print and mail a registration form or register online.

Register online. The classes are listed in the Program Fees section of the online form.

Printable registration form (PDF) to print and mail.

Future Course Dates

Summer 2021 (#B98): 

Wednesdays, June 9–July 28

Fall 2021 (#B99): 

Wednesdays, September 22–November 10

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