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

Transmission of mirror teachings

David Brazier and Tineke Osterloh

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.

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

The mirror teachings bring together Pureland and Zen with some practices from other schools as this teaching reaches the core of the Buddhist message.


Three hours per week.  Participants should be fully committed to attendance and have read the book before commencing the course.

This is a private teaching; a heart to heart transmission of Dogen's text, its meaning and experience. Maximum group size 12 participants.  The sessions will not be recorded. 

Part 1

Entering Genjo Koan - overview and context:
Life of Dogen, Koans, Yin and yang, The meaning of Genjo Koan.
Part 2
Buddha Dao & Mirror mind
Encountering the dark side

Lines 1-18
Part 3
Fish, Birds, Firewood and Dewdrops
The satori of everyday life
Lines 19-63
Part 4
The Way of Heaven
The secrets of the heart and the necessity of a fan

Lines 64-77

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

Windhorse Publications

ISBN-13 : 978-1911407256



There might be a second series to transmit the Mirror Teachings in 2022.

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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”.