The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Practice Discussion (Dokusan)


The formal meeting of teacher and student is an essential element of Zen practice. Dogen Zenji says that there are two ways to realize the body and mind of Zen: “meeting with a teacher to inquire into Dharma and just wholeheartedly sitting.” If either of these are neglected, Dogen says, it is impossible to “hit the mark” with body and mind, fully expressing freedom, letting go of our fixed ideas

and views. This intimate interpersonal exploration of practice is an aspect of all Buddhist traditions, since the time of the Buddha. Everyone is welcome to request dokusan from any of the teachers at Zen Center; an appointment can be scheduled for before, during, or after one of the regular daily zazen periods.