Living by Vow: Why We Chant, Why We Bow

Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei










Zen Study & Practice Series, Summer 2017

June 24 - August 12, 2017 (8 Classes)

9:00 - 10:15 am MT Via Zoom Conferencing

Many spiritual traditions with their roots in the Axial Age invoke chant and liturgy as the embodiment practice for an awakened life. In Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts, Shohaku Okumura explores Zen's rich tradition of chanted liturgy and the powerful ways that such chants support meditation, expressing and helping us truly uphold our heartfelt vows to live a life of freedom and compassion.


In this eight-week telecourse, Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei will teach on essential Soto Zen chants included in Okumura's text, with reflection and discussion based on the required reading from Living By Vow.

The texts we will consider together are:

-- The Four Bodhisattva Vows

-- The Verse of Repentance

-- The Verse of the Three Refuges

-- The Verse of the Kesa

-- The Meal Chants

-- The Heart Sutra

-- The Identity of Relative and Absolute

-- The Verse for Opening the Sutras



The required text for this class is Living By Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Zen Chants and Texts by Shohaku Okumura. Find it on Amazon or at Wisdom Publications.



"This book features detailed commentary on a series of fundamental texts including historical, philosophical, and practice perspectives, and will be very useful to all beginning Zen students, and also illuminating for many long-time practitioners."   -- Taigen Dan Leighton, author of Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry






Two Arrows Zen Member $140

Non-members: $180


8-Week Class Series

Saturdays, June 24 - August 12