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Sōtō Zen or the Sōtō school (曹洞宗, Sōtō-shū) is the largest of the three traditional sects of Zen in Japanese Buddhism (the others being Rinzai and Ōbaku). It is the Japanese line of the Chinese Cáodòng school, which was founded during the Tang dynasty by Dòngshān Liánjiè. It emphasizes Shikantaza, meditation with no objects, anchors, or content. The meditator strives to be aware of the stream of thoughts, allowing them to arise and pass away without interference.

The Japanese brand of the sect was imported in the 13th century by Dōgen Zenji, who studied Cáodòng Buddhism (Chinese: 曹洞宗; pinyin: Cáodòng Zōng) abroad in China. Dōgen is remembered today as the ancestor of Sōtō Zen in Japan along with Keizan Jōkin.

With about 14,000 temples, Sōtō is one of the largest Japanese Buddhist organizations. Sōtō Zen is now also popular in the West, and in 1996 priests of the Sōtō Zen tradition formed the Soto Zen Buddhist Association based in North America.

From Sōtō on Wikipedia

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Teachings for the Welfare of the World

In this summer series, teachings will be offered for those who aspire to embrace and sustain the great earth and all living beings in order to realize peace and freedom in our troubled world.

YRB-2019-Summer, Silence, japanese, Don't Know Mind, Soto Zen
Jul 16 2019
The Yoga Room

Buddha Activity

The work of buddhas — buddha activity — is realizing intimacy and liberation in conversation together with all beings. In this series of meetings we will contemplate what it is to fully engage with...

YRB-2019-Spring, Daily Life, Teacher-and-Student, Soto Zen, soto, Enemies, Observe,...
Mar 19 2019
The Yoga Room

What Is Most Important For You In This Life

Being clear about our ultimate concern. Remember, aspire, commit to, and train to realise this. The story of Tong-an and Liangshan: what is the business under the patched robe? Intimacy. Another...

Vow, Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon, Buddha Mind, Intimacy, Book of Serenity, Buddha Mind,...
Feb 02 2019
No Abode Hermitage

Honoring Student-Teacher Relationship (Flower Adornment Scripture)

Compassion, Consciousness, Transmission, Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Faith,...
Jan 04 2014
No Abode Hermitage

Facing Change and Realizing Peace 

Commitment, Soto Zen, difficulty, Obstacles, Buddha Nature
Aug 09 2012
The Yoga Room

The Seeds and Fruits of True Awakening 

The Seeds and Fruits of True Awakening

April 5, 2012 at The Yoga Room
Part four of a seven part series based on the Six Paramitas

Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Lotus Sutra, true dharma, zen meditation, Soto Zen...
Apr 05 2012
The Yoga Room

Householder Bodhisattvas, What is Your Aspiration for this New Year? 

Rinzai, Precepts, Lay, Soto Zen
Jan 02 2012
No Abode Hermitage

Is the Bodhisattva Path Exclusive? 

Intimacy, Priest, Soto Zen, soto
Mar 06 2010
No Abode Hermitage

The Practice That Fills and Is Filled by the Entire Universe and the Bodhisattva Precept of Not Killing 

Lotus Sutra, Buddha Ancestors, Soto Zen, Dogen, Buddha Mind
Nov 22 2008
No Abode Hermitage

Entering and Embodying Truth 

Soto Zen, soto, Japan, Bodhisattva Precepts, Perfect Wisdom
Jul 29 2008
The Yoga Room

Bodhisattva Action is to Remain Unmoved 

Lotus Sutra, Manjushri, Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Bodhisattva Way, Soto Zen...
Jun 14 2008
No Abode Hermitage


true dharma, Bodhisattva Vow, Soto Zen, Bodhisattva Precepts, Desire, Commitment,...
May 01 2008
Minnesota Zen Center