21st-22nd March

London 2020

About Shohaku Okumura Roshi

Portrait of Shohaku Okumura

When it comes to Soto Zen, Shohaku Okumura is a true phenomenon. He was ordained as a Zen monk in December 1970 at Antaiji in Japan by the eminent abbot Kosho Uchiyama (whose teacher in turn was the legendary Kodo Sawaki).

Okumura Roshi is famous for his deep study into the works of Dogen Zenji, the founder of Soto Zen. He is the author of the seminal books, ‘Realising Genjokoan’, ‘Living by Vow’ and ‘The Mountains and Water Sutra’. He is also well known for his translations of Dogen’s ‘Eihei Koroku’, ‘Eihei Shingi’ and ‘Shobogenzo Zuimonki’. He has also co-translated a number of Kosho Uchiyama’s most well known books, including ‘Opening the Hand of Thought’, ‘The Wholehearted Way’, and ‘Zen Teachings of Homeless Kodo’.

Okumura Roshi is the founding abbot and teacher of the Sanshin Zen Community. He regularly runs Genzo-e retreats where the writings of Dogen Zenji are studied in depth.

A link to Okumura Roshi’s books can be found here:

This is his first visit to the UK.