Special Online Guest Teacher Series are presented via Zoom and require preregistration to receive the Zoom link. SMZC offers these programs freely due to your generosity. If you are able to do so, we kindly ask that you make a donation for the program when you register.

Saturday, April 10, Special Saturday Community Dharma Talk


Shohaku Okumura Roshi lectures on Dogen’s Shoaku Makusa (Refraining from Evil).

Please be sure to mark your calendar and save the date!

$20 suggested donation

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Dharma talk will be given by ​Shohaku Okumura Roshi,

Abbot of Sanshinji Zen Community


Shohaku Okumura is a Soto Zen priest and is a Dharma successor of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi. Okumura practiced at Antaiji with Uchyiama Roshi from 1970 until Uchiyama retired in 1975. Okumura co-founded Pioneer Valley Zendo in Massachusetts and continued to practice Uchiyama’s style of zazen practice. Since 1981 Okumura has been translating writings of Uchiyama and Eihei Dogen from Japanese to English. Okumura has taught at Kyoto Zen Center and Minnesota Zen Center in Minneapolis and was director of Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco from 1997 – 2010.

Rev. Shohaku Okumura Roshi's lecture at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in January 2015

Kosho Uchiyama, Jakusho Kwong, Shohaku Okumura, and Keiko Uchiyama at Noke-in Temple in Kohata, Uji near Kyoto City, Japan in1980’s

He is the author of Realizing Genjo Koan: The Key to Dogen’s Shobogenzo and Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts. His other translations include:

  • Dogen’s Extensive Record: A Translation of the Eihei Koroku

  • Shikantaza: An Introduction to Zazen

  • Shobogenzo Zuimonki: Sayings of Eihei Dogen Zenkji

  • Heart of Zen: Practice without Gaining-mind

  • The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo

  • Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice

  • The Wholehearted Way: A Translation of Eihei Dogen’s Bendowa with Commentary by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi

  • Dogen’s Pure Standards for the Zen Community: A Translation of the Eihei Shingi

  • Dogen’s Genjo Koan: Three Commentaries


Okumura founded Sanshinji Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana where he now resides with his family.

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Rev. Shohaku Okumura Roshi's visit to Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in January 2015

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Special Evening Dharma Talk

On January 13, 2021, the special guest teacher Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi gave online Dharma talk from Rinso-in, Japan. Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi is a Dharma heir of his late father Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and held the position of tanto and godo at Eiheiji head Soto Zen training monastery. He has been the abbot of Rinso-in temple in Yaizu City, Shizuoka, Japan since 1966. After his father’s death, he gave Dharma transmission to Jakusho Kwong-roshi in 1978. Hoitsu currently resides at Rinso-in with his wife Chitose.

$20 suggested donation

Replay Available by Donation

The special evening Dharma talk by Rev. Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi was well attended. We are making his talk available by donation for fundraising. You will be taken to the replay video link upon donating. Thank you for your support!

Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi visiting with Eiheiji monks to celebrate 20th-year anniversary of founding of Kannon Sangha in Poland by Jakusho Kwong-roshi

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