Sandokai: Reflections on Learning to Shake Hands with Others

Dharma talk by Seigen Johnson on Sunday, June 11, 2023.

Seigen Johnson is currently a Master of Divinity graduate student at Boston University School of Theology. Her research interests include interfaith and inter religious spiritual formation for high school and college students as well as the repair of spiritual injury in spiritual congregations. Seigen has been practicing Soto Zen Buddhism for more than 20 years. She lived in residential practice at San Francisco Zen Center for 7 years after working as a budget and public policy analyst for Santa Clara County in California where she led meditation workshops for families living in emergency housing. Additionally, Seigen remains deeply connected to the spiritual lineage of the A.M.E Church in which she was raised. As a recent ordinand in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki (under the guidance of Daito Steve Weintraub), Seigen aspires to continue conversation regarding the multifaceted cultural contexts in which practitioners relate to Buddhist practice.