A series of special talks on The Jewel Mirror of Awareness (Hokyo Zammai) by Zen Master Tozan Ryokai, will be presented by Barbara and Dale Verkuilen, Soto Zen priests, author and publishers of Firethroat Press in Madison, Wisconsin, as the Sunday dharma talk in the following months:
January 5
February 2

March 2

June 1

July 6



Introduction to Zazen
Sundays at 8:20 am (except during two-day sittings)

Learn the basics of sitting and walking meditation as they are done in the Sôtô Zen tradition. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions about practice and MZC.

Dharma Discussion
Saturdays, 10:15-11:15 am

As we make our way through the book of the moment, participants take turns reading aloud and the group engages in discussion of the ideas and issues that arise. Attendees need not own or have read the book beforehand, and participate as their schedules permit.


Current book: The Hidden Lamp, Stories from Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women, edited by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon.

Presenting stories and koans from both renowned and less familiar female ancestors, this book is structured on the model of koan collections such as the Blue Cliff Record, offering responses to the main cases by living female Buddhist teachers, thus opening up rich and wide-ranging perspectives on Buddhist practice.