Conference – Coastal Zen: “Zen and Place”


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Please note: RSVP requested if you intend to attend the Saturday and Sunday events.

Coastal Zen: “Zen and Place”
Friday February 7, 2020 – Sunday February 9, 2020

In a time of technological distractions, mass tourism, and globalization our place seems to be everywhere, yet without ever truly being in place. During this three-day conference, a variety of speakers will explore the topic of place from a Zen Buddhist perspective. Speakers will explore topics around place, mostly inspired by Zen Master Dōgen and within the setting of our place, San Francisco and the Coastal mountain range.

All events take place in the Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall at the University of San Francisco.
Fromm Hall is across from the Saint Ignatius Church along Parker Ave (campus map).

Keynote Address:
Friday February 7, 4.45-6 pm
Okumura Shōhaku (Sanshin Zen Community)
“A Person in the Mountains”
Saturday February 8 and Sunday February 9
(Please RSVP by emailing Professor Gerard Kuperus,
8.30 am – 9.15 Paper 1:
Kanpū Bret Davis (Loyola University Maryland)
“Zen on Human Being’s Place(s) in Nature”

9.15 – 10 am Paper 2:
Mark Gonnerman (Foothill College)
“Zen and the Place of Silence”

10.15 – 10.45 am

10.45 am – 12.15 pm Opening text Seminar 1
Shinshu Roberts (Ocean Gate Zen Center)
“Being as Place in Dōgen’s Understanding of Dharma Position”


1.30 – 3 pm Workshop:
Myōen Elizabeth Sikes (New School for Psychoanalysis)
“Zen and Place Nature Therapy”

3.15 – 4 pm paper 3
Josh Hayes (Alvernia University)
“Cultivating Emptiness: Dōgen and Chinul on Buddha-Mind”

4.15 – 4.45 pm

5.15 – 6 pm Paper 4
Joko Patricia Huntington (Arizona State University)
“Zen and the No(n)-Place of Psychic Borderlands”


Sunday Morning

8.30 – 9.15 am Paper 6
Shūdō Schroeder (Rochester Institute for Technology)

9.30 – 10 am

10.15 am – 11.45 pm Closing Text Seminar
Tetsuzen Jason Wirth (Seattle University)
“Central Coast Zen and the Poetic Word: Jeffers and Whalen”

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