The Dharma of Jikan Leonard Cohen
The iconic songwriter, poet and raconteur was a committed lifelong practitioner of Rinzai zen. Jikan Cohen’s Buddhist name—“the silence between two thoughts”—embodies well his many contradictions. This meeting will be guided by Jikan Cohen’s music and especially the timeless appeal and compassion of his extraordinary poetry.
The Study session will be lead by: Shinren Mark Stone who received the Buddhist precepts from Dairyu Michael Wenger in the Soto Zen Buddhist lineage and practices with the All Beings sangha. He leads mindfulness classes in residences for men and women in transition and at his home. After a career in economic policymaking, he is now an international economics consultant and lives in Washington DC with his wife Jessica and two wonderful sons Sam and Maurie.
“For more than a year, members of the Standing Rock Sioux nation, called Water Protectors, have resisted the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will run underneath the Missouri River, the tribe’s main source of water. My talk will reflect on how the Buddhist path has led me to listen deeply and respond in vow to the witness of native Water Protectors.” – Rev. Satya Cynthia Scott
Rev. Satya Cynthia Scott is an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist Priest in the lineage of Dainin Katagiri Roshi. She is currently a practitioner at the Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul. Minnesota www.cloudsinwater.org. She is also a full-time magazine editor at the University of Minnesota. She bows in gratitude to indigenous people who are prodding us to wake up with a deeper sense of urgency. She belongs to Clergy Standing With Standing Rock, which issued a call to support the All Nations Action in Washington DC on March 10, 2017.