The oneness of time and being: explore the Zen philosophy of Eihei Dogen

Course Dates: 04/06/22 - 11/06/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
“Life is not coming, not going, not present, not becoming. … life is the manifestation of the whole works, death is the manifestation of the whole works.” - Dogen.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00

Course Code: HP032

Sat, day, 04 Jun - 11 Jun '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Dogen (1200-53) developed a complex philosophy of reality based on zen meditation in which the direct grasp of the nature of reality can only be expressed through multiple overlapping perspectives, a non-logical language of contradiction and counter contradiction concerning time, being, wisdom and enlightenment. Drawing on selections from his ‘Shobogenzo’ (‘Treasury of the Eye of True Teaching’) this course will examine several of his key philosophical ideas.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Selections from Dogen’s ‘Shobogenzo’ including:
• The nature of Things
• The Whole Works
• The Scripture of Mountains and Waters
• Being Time.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Discuss the significance of Dogen’s use of contradiction to express Zen philosophy.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Introductory. An interest in exploring ideas in a philosophical manner would be beneficial.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will run in a seminar format with short presentations. Q&A and small or group discussion. There is no work outside class. Slides will be available online.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Bring note-taking equipment of your own preference.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Visit for the full range of philosophy courses on offer.

John Goff Tutor Website

From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his page at ''.

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