The Light That Shines through Infinity:
Zen and the Energy of Life

by Dainin Katagiri, edited by Andrea Martin

The new book by teacher and MZMC founder Dainin Katagiri and edited by sangha member Andrea Martin is being published by Shambhala Publications this fall. It will be in bookstores on November 28.
Preview of the book
Description and preorder

Starting on October 15, Andrea is giving a series of Sunday/Tuesday dharma talks based on the book. She is looking at its various themes, and offering her view on Katagiri Roshi's teaching and the way it can help us now. Each talk is focused on one of the five parts of the book.

Once the book is available, Andrea's talks will not expect or assume that listeners are reading it; but if they are, the Q and A time is a chance to ask questions and share thoughts about it.

Schedule of talks (Sundays 10 a.m. and Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.):
  • October 15/17, 2017
  • November 19/21, 2017
    Life Force and Life
  • December 17/19, 2017
    Practice and Enlightenment
  • January 14/16, 2018
    Body and Mind
  • February 11/13, 2018
    Wisdom and Compassion
  • March 11/13, 2018
    Peace and Harmony

About the book
From Shambhala: The universe is alive with a dynamic energy that creates and sustains our lives. It surrounds us, flows through us, and is available to us in every moment. Spiritual practice, according to Dainin Katagiri Roshi, is about aligning ourselves with this ever-present life force — sometimes referred to as chi, qi, or ki. This collection, edited from his talks, focuses on cosmic energy as it relates to all aspects of Zen practice. With references to classic texts and personal stories that bring the teachings to life, The Light That Shines through Infinity is also a powerful antidote to the notion that practice is in some way about transcending the world around us. It is in fact about nothing other than relating to it compassionately and wholeheartedly.

About the editor
Andrea Martin began practicing with Dainin Katagiri Roshi at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in 1978 and received the lay precepts from him in 1980. She is archivist of MZMC's Katagiri Project and author of the biographical essay, Ceaseless Effort: the Life of Dainin Katagiri. Andrea is also editor of Katagiri Roshi's earlier book, Each Moment Is the Universe: Zen and the Way of Being Time (Shambhala Publications, 2007).

Our mission is to help people experience a deep and quiet joy – a joy that arises whenever we are fully engaged in the work or play of this moment.