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Preview the new Katagiri Roshi book

The new Katagiri Roshi book, The Light That Shines through Infinity: Zen and the Energy of Life, goes on sale November 28, but you can read a little of it now! On their website, Shambhala Publications has added a Browse … Continue reading

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New Katagiri Roshi book coming soon

Wonderful news! Katagiri Roshi’s new book, The Light That Shines through Infinity: Zen and the Energy of Life, will be published by Shambhala on November 28, 2017. Pre-orders can be made now at most booksellers. Here’s the description on the … Continue reading

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“Peaceful Life”

March 1 is an significant date for me. It is the day in 1980 that I received lay ordination from Katagiri Roshi. It is also the day in 1990 that he died. Today, in memory of Katagiri’s passing, I give … Continue reading

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Dokai’s Dharma Words to His Teacher

Dokai Georgesen, Hokyoji’s head teacher and a dharma heir of Katagiri Roshi, offered these heartfelt dharma words to his teacher during the recent 25-year memorial ceremony: Dear Hojo san, It is clear to me that I do not know who … Continue reading

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Katagiri Roshi Memorial Day Eko

Katagiri Roshi passed away 25 years ago on March 1. Today, this inspiring eko was chanted at a special service held at Hokyoji, the rural practice center in rural Eitzen, Minnesota, that he founded: The body of the pure dharma … Continue reading

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25 Year Memorial

Greetings to everyone who is thinking fondly of our great teacher, and his passing twenty-five years ago today. Our hearts are together. Jikai Dainin Daiosho, Katagiri Roshi’s dharma name plus honorific title, is the last in the long list of … Continue reading

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A Katagiri Memorial in Italy

Teijo Munnich, abbess of Great Tree Zen Temple in Asheville, North Carolina, recently performed a memorial service for Katagiri Roshi and placed an ihai memorial tablet (there’s a photo of it at the end of this post) on the altar … Continue reading

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Memorial from Hokyoji

Lovely photo of Katagiri Roshi’s gravesite posted on Hokyoji’s Facebook page today with this dedication : “Today marks the 24th anniversary of the passing of Hokyoji founder Dainin Katagiri into Nirvana. May we acknowledge his great benevolence and show respect … Continue reading

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Tomoe Katagiri retires

Tomoe Katagiri, our much-loved master of nyoho-e (Buddha’s teaching represented in clothing), recently retired from active teaching. Tomoe-san has taught generations of students to sew rakusu, okesa, robes, and more, sharing not only skills and wisdom but also her great … Continue reading

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Katagiri arrived in America 50 years ago today

Lately I’ve been thinking that Katagiri happened to arrive at an extraordinary moment in our country’s history. He landed in Los Angeles just six weeks after Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream speech” at the civil rights … Continue reading

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