Blue Heron Zen Community (10303 Densmore Avenue North, Seattle, WA, 98133) (
The Platform Sutra of Huineng presents a notion of purity that inspires a particular kind of effort in our practice. In this workshop will investigate this notion of purity, how it can encourage us and inspire patience and forgiveness toward ourselves and others. This is purity that is already present, and our effort in practice is to allow that purity to emerge. Let us consider this simple yet pivotal matter together.
Huineng, the sixth patriarch, is seen as one of six most influential teachers in the Soto tradition, along with Buddha, Nagarjuna, Bodhidharma, Vasubhandu and Dogen Zenji. The Platform Sutra, Hui Neng's teachings, probably dates to the 8th Century, and is a core text for Soto Zen students.The day will include meditation, lecture and discussion in small and large groups.
Please bring a bag lunch. Tea will be provided.
Kathie Fischer lives at Muir Beach, California, with her husband, Norman Fischer. She began Zen practice with Mel Weisman at the Berkeley Zen Center when she was 19. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a major in Buddhist Studies she went to Tassajara with Norman and their twin baby boys. In 1981 they all moved from Tassajara to Green Gulch Farm where they lived until 1996. For 28 years Kathie taught school in nearby Mill Valley, where she found the public school classroom a rich environment for practice. Kathie received priest ordination in 1980 and Dharma Transmission in 2011. Since her retirement in 2016 she is finding more time for teaching Buddhism.