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Buddhist Studies

Fall 2021: Finding Ultimate Nature in Everyday Life


Instead of going deep, human beings are always busy just on the surface of life . . . If you want to touch the depth of your life, let go of measuring and accept the great openness of your personality. How? Open yourself and invite Buddha. The main purpose of Buddhist practice is to invite the original nature of your existence—Buddha—into your everyday life . . .


—Dainin Katagiri, The Light that Shines through Infinity

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

This course will explore inviting the ultimate nature of human life into our actions of everyday living. Using a teaching of Katagiri Roshi, “An Invitation to Buddha,” we will examine:

  • How a simple practice can provide a great opportunity to “invite Buddha”

  • Aspects of Dharmakaya, the ultimate form of Buddha

  • The Triple Treasure of Buddhism: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha

  • Three bodies of Buddha

In this course we will examine “Finding Ultimate Nature in Everyday Life,” grounded in the presentation of Dainin Katagiri Roshi in his book, The Light that Shines through Infinity.

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, Sept. 22–Nov. 10 (eight sessions) (#B99)

7:00-9:00 P.M.

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

This course will be offered on Zoom, with an option for participants to return in-person when health conditions permit.

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. Contact us to request a mail-in registration form.

Register online. Enter the appropriate amount under Program Fees: Buddhist Studies

  • $185 for non-members (course text will be mailed to you)

  • $170 for non-members (if you already have the book The Light that Shines through Infinity)

  • $165 for members (course text will be mailed to you)

  • $150 for members (if you already have the book The Light that Shines through Infinity)



Future Buddhist Studies Course Dates

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 P.M.

Jan. 19–Mar. 9, 2022 (#B100)
Mar. 30–May 18, 2022 (#B101)
June 8–July 27, 2022 (#B102)
Sept. 21–Nov. 9, 2022 (#B103)

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