The Dark Side Of The Mirror - Forgetting the Self in Dōgen's Genjō Kōan

Transmission of mirror teachings

David Brazier and Tineke Osterloh

David Brazier:

The Dark Side of the Mirror: Forgetting the Self in Dōgen's Genjō Kōan


Windhorse Publications

ISBN-13 : 978-1911407256


An initiation into "dark side teachings" based on the book The Dark Side of the Mirror - Forgetting the self in Dogens's Genjo Koan.

Three hours per week.  Participants should be fully committed to attendance and have read the book before commencing the course.The mirror teachings bring together Pureland and Zen with some practices from other schools as this teaching reaches the core of the Buddhist message.
This is a private teaching for a small select group of disciples; a heart to heart transmission of Dogen's text, its meaning and experience. Maximum group size 12 participants.  The sessions will not be recorded. 

Two transmission series

First Series: 08th March - 19th July 2021

This programme is fully booked. There is a waiting list.

If you have already been approved to join the first cohort, you can get your ticket at

second series: 11th september - 06th december 2021

September 11th, 12th, 13th (weekend) and 27th;

October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th;

November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th;

December 4th, 5th, 6th (weekend).

This programme is three quarters booked.

Applications to

Programme 15.00-18.00 (Paris / Berlin time)

Part 1 (Three sessions):
Entering Genjo Koan - overview and context:
Life of Dogen, Koans, Yin and yang, The meaning of Genjo Koan.
March 8th, 15th & 22nd
(Easter Break)
Part 2 (Five sessions):
Buddha Dao & Mirror mind - lines 1-18
Encountering the dark side
April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10
(One week break)
Part 3 (Five sessions):
Fish, Birds, Firewood and Dewdrops
The satori of everyday life
Lines 19-63
May 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21
(One week break)
Part 4 (Three sessions)
The Way of Heaven: Lines 64-77
The secrets of the heart and the necessity of a fan
July 5, 12, 19 

The Dark Side Of The Mirror, Dōgen's Genjō Kōan

Dr. David Brazier, Buddhist name Dharmavidya, born 1947 in Britan, is a living Buddhist master. He has studied all the major branches of Buddhism and is extensively accomplished in its many methods. He is a doctor of philosophy and authority on Buddhist psychology, founder and former head of the Amida Order of Pureland Buddhism and president of the International Zen Therapy Institute. His many writings include a dozen books on Buddhism, psychology and culture and his often unconventional views challenge the seeker to look deeper.

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There is no charge for the teaching, but dana donations are possible.


John de Weerdt interviews David Brazier about his book

“The Dark Side of the Mirror: Forgetting the Self in Dōgen’s Genjō Kōan”.

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