Katagiri Transcripts

Dainin Katagiri Roshi was one of the prominent Zen Masters who brought Zen Buddhism from Japan to the United States. This website carefully transcribes his dharma talks as a reference for the study of Soto Zen Buddhism. For more information, see the Introduction.

The Talk Summaries page lists the talks that have been transcribed on this site, with brief summaries compiled by Kikan.

The Talk List lists the talks that are present in the online audio archive, with links for the talks that have been transcribed. There are many talks that are not on this list because they are not yet in the online audio archive.

Katagiri Roshi gave many series of talks on topics in Buddhism – some during a sesshin (meditation retreat), some during a practice period, and some that were ongoing for years. Some of these series are:

In particular, Katagiri Roshi gave many series of talks on the works of Zen Master Eihei Dōgen. Some of the series on Shōbōgenzō or related works are:

These lists will be updated as talks are transcribed.

Readers should be aware that these topics are discussed in many places within Katagiri Roshi’s talks, not just within these series. Because all Buddhist teaching is interrelated, these topics can and do come up anywhere.

Latest Updates

February 13, 2024: For class: Excerpts on Bodhidharma

February 12, 2024: Posted drafts of Blue Cliff Record Case 45: Chao Chou’s Seven-Pound Cloth Shirt, Talk 1 and Talk 2.

February 1, 2024: Posted rough draft of The Goldenness of the Earth, the Sweet Milk of the Long River.

January 30, 2024: Adjusted page margins.

January 23, 2024: More cleanup up Blue Cliff Record Case 44: Ho Shan’s Knowing How to Beat the Drum, Talk 2.

January 22, 2024: Updated Blue Cliff Record Case 44: Ho Shan’s Knowing How to Beat the Drum, Talk 2.

January 21, 2024: Even more cleanup of the first part of Blue Cliff Record Case 18: National Teacher Chung’s Seamless Monument. Finally figured out hosho-ike.

January 18, 2024: More editing of Blue Cliff Record Case 44: Ho Shan’s Knowing How to Beat the Drum, Talk 1 and Blue Cliff Record Case 18: National Teacher Chung’s Seamless Monument.

January 17, 2024: Updated Blue Cliff Record Case 44: Ho Shan’s Knowing How to Beat the Drum, Talk 1.

January 16, 2024: Centered headings and style changes.

December 31, 2023: Posted draft of Lay Ordination Lecture 7 of 7: Ten Grave Prohibitory Precepts.

December 30, 2023: Improved the summary for Blue Cliff Record Case 38: Feng Hsueh’s Workings of the Iron Ox, Talk 1.

December 29, 2023: Posted information on upcoming classes, and more.

December 26, 2023: Posted rough draft of Lay Ordination Lecture 6 of 7: Three Collective Pure Precepts.

December 25, 2023: Posted rough draft of Lay Ordination Lecture 5 of 7: Receiving the Precepts.

December 23, 2023: More talk series pages.

December 22, 2023: Revised home page; added talk series pages.

November 24, 2023: Posted cleaned-up version of Blue Cliff Record Case 18: National Teacher Chung’s Seamless Monument, with summary.