Cloud Dharma Study
Weekly Teleconferences


Our STO Dharma Cloud Discussion Group meets on Tuesdayevenings (via ZOOM) at 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

During the second trimester May 21, 2019 - August 20, 2019 we will be studying    

The Mountains and Waters Sūtra (A Practitioner’s Guide to Dōgen’s “Sansuikyō”) by Shohaku Okumura 
It is a Wisdom Publication and is widely available including printed and e format from Amazon
ISBN 978-1-61429-293-7
Mt Water Sutra
See Schedule below for reading schedule 
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To Participate
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General Format to be Followed
1) The Anchor, or person assembling the group, will connect participants about 7:55 pm EST and then turn over to the Moderator for the night. The Moderator, the person conducting the discussion, will introduce the topic for the night, Moderator announces that a timing bell rings every 10 minutes to keep the group on track. Finally, the Moderator asks the Teacher (Taiun/Tesshin/Zenku) if they would like to make some brief introductory remarks. Generally only 3-5 minutes.

2) There may be a question posed by the Moderator. This is meant to encourage introspection and examination of the practice of zazen.

3) The discussion is conducted in the form of a seminar with the Moderator posing a question for discussion. A response can be a comment, observation, or a reaction to the reading. While the Moderator will ask everyone at some point if they want to say something, it is perfectly alright to say you have nothing at this time. Your presence is as important as making comments.

Note that one persons comment/question may lead other participants (but not the Teacher, at this point) to ask for clarification, or it may lead to posing another point of view. This is the point where dialog between participants is appropriate. This does not imply that any views are wrong, but it does imply that we are jointly seeking a better understanding. Offering comments based on our own personal experience, or on what other teachers have offered is appropriate. It is not appropriate to dismiss or disparage another's comments. It is best to keep a "wide view" of the practice.

After all have a chance to comment on the question the Teacher will comment on the discussion and offer their own understanding of the content, the context, the history, or other views of the issues/question at hand. This keeps the discussion open to all, but allows each person to participate meaningfully. No one has to participate who does not want to, but all will be asked if they have a comment. Finally, if there is a large group be mindful of the length of your comment. We would like to give all an opportunity to participate.

4) The Moderator, as possible, announces the end of the evening's discussion by asking if the group is ready to chant the Four Great Vows.

5) Not everyone has the same schedule and some may have to leave early. Please feel free to simply disconnect when you need to.
6) RECORDING NOTICE, please read.  The call will be recorded and archived.  Calling in grants permission to record, store the recording for access by STO and others, and for your name to be included in the recording.  Participation on the call grants permission for transcribing the recording and for making that transcription available to others.

For Participants
Respect the offerings of all participants; speak either from your own personal experience or from what you have understood in your reading. Assume good will and good intent on the part of all. Be prepared to listen attentively with a non-judgmental mind and remember that the practice of Zen is distinctly personal.
Dharma Study Committee
Trimester 2/2019: The Mountains and Waters Sutra: Shohaku Okamura
Week Date Reading # Teacher     Section Title
1 21-May 1 Hojo 1   Introduction
2 28-May 2       The Text: Sansuikyo
2   3     Chapter 1 Chapter 1 Intro
2   4       Practice in Zazen and Daily Life
2   5       True Dharma Eye
3 4-Jun 6 Zenku 1   A Person in the Mountain
3   7       Mountains and Waters of the Present
3   8       Abiding in Dharma Position
3   9       Each Moment has Exhaustive Virtue
3   10       Riding The Clouds and Following the Wind
4 11-Jun 11 Zenku 2 Chapter 2 Blue Mountains are Constantly Walking
4   12       Impermenance and Eternity
4   13       Mountains Constant Walking
4   14       Neither Sentient Nor Insentient
5 18-Jun 15 Tesshin 1   The Lotus Sutra and the True Reality of All Beings
5   16       The Mountain Walking: Joshin-sans Example
5   17       Walking Continues Without Limit
5   18       The Entire World Studies Itself Through This Person
5   19       Beyond Usual Understanding
6 25-Jun 20 Tesshin 2   The Vital Artery - The Center of the World
6   21       Four Views of Mountains- and Other Mistakes
6   22       The Stone Woman Gives Birth In The Night
6   23     "2-2 EAST Mountains Walking in the Water
6   24       Where is the Buddha Walking Right Now?
6   25       Practice and Verification
7 2-Jul 26 Zenku 3   Dogen Criticises
7   27       Beyond Eliminating Thought
7   28       Bones and Marrow, Mountains and Waters
8 9-Jul 29 Hojo 2   The Suttanapata on Cause and Effect, Dependent Arising, and Namarupa
8   30     Chapter 3 Waters
8   31       Beyond Dichotomy
8   32       Water Studies Water
8   33       Ways of Seeing
8   34       Questioning Our Views
8   35       Liberation of Water
9 16-Jul 36 Zenku 4   Liberation of All Things is Like This
9   37       Practice-Buddha, Water Permeates Everywhere
9   38       Buddha Land is Everywhere
9   39       "Genjo-koan": Present Becoming Present, What We Have To Do
9   40       "Up and Down" of the Buddha Way
9   41       Liberating Our Study
9   42       The Water of The Buddha Way
9   43     Chapter 4 Mountains and Waters are Dwelling Places for Sages
9   44       The Mountain Way of Life
10 23-Jul 45 Tesshin 3   Teacher and Student
10   46       Two Virtues: Peaceful Dwelling and Constant Walking
10   47       Engraving These Words on Ourselves and The World
10   48       Loving The Mountains
10   49       Mountains and Sages have Authority over the Mundane World
10   50       Living By the Water
11 30-Jul 51 Tesshin 4   Boatman Deching
11   52       A World in Water
11   53       True Dragon, True Person
11   54       Conclusion: Mountains Are Mountains, Waters Are Waters
11   55       Shikan: Just Doing
11   56       A Caution
11   57       Final Note
12 6-Aug 58 Zenku 5 Appendix 1 Circumabulating The Mountains and Waters
12   59     Appendix 2 Mountains Hidden in Mountains: Dogen Zenji and the Mind of Ecology
12   60       Prolog: Serving Sentient Beings
12   61       I. Opening The Mountain
12   62       II. Billions of Beings See The Morning Star and They All Become Buddhas
12   63       III. Decomposed
12   64       IV. Walking On Water
12   65       V. We Wash Our Bowls in This Water
13 13-Aug 66 Hojo 3 Appendix 3 The Meaning of the Title "Shobogenzo"
13   67     Appendix 4 Furong Daikai
13   68     Notes  
13   69     Glossary of Names  
14 20-Aug 70 H/T/Z   Glossary of Terms and Texts This week Hojo, Tesshin, and Zenku Discuss and wrap up 
14   71     Bibliography  
14   72     Index  
14   73     About Okamura Shohaku Okamura
14   74     About Spring Shodo Spring
14   75     What to Read Next