Steve Hagen

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Steve Hagen
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Religion Zen Buddhism
School Sōtō
Lineage Dainin Katagiri
Personal
Nationality American
Born 1945 (age 76–77)
Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Spouse Jean Forester (dec.)
Senior posting
Based in Dharma Field Zen Center
Title Rōshi
Successor (Bev Forsman)
Religious career
Teacher Dainin Katagiri
Website http://www.dharmafield.org/

Stephen Tokan "Steve" Hagen, Rōshi, (born 1945) is the founder and head teacher of the Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a Dharma heir of Dainin Katagiri-roshi.[1] Additionally, he is the author of several books on Buddhism. Among them as of 2003, Buddhism Plain & Simple was one of the top five bestselling Buddhism books in the United States.[2] In 2012, Hagen updated and revised How the World Can Be the Way It Is and published it as Why the World Doesn't Seem to Make Sense—an Inquiry into Science, Philosophy, and Perception.[3]

Early life

Hagen grew up in Duluth, Minnesota[4] where he was first drawn to Buddhism when he was seven or eight years old.[5] He later told Linda Hanson of the Duluth News Tribune, "I wanted to know what’s going on and to not be fooled. I wanted to know what was real and genuine and true."

Studies

His childhood desire to know truth eventually led him to Zen Buddhism in 1967.[4] In 1975 Hagen became a student of Zen master Dainin Katagiri and he was ordained a Zen priest in 1979.[2] Katagiri Roshi gave Hagen Dharma transmission (endorsement to teach) in 1989.[6] Katagiri gave Hagen the name "Tokan" which means "breaking through barrier into peace and understanding."[7]

Dharma Field

Before opening Dharma Field, Hagen took frequent road trips to Menomonie and Eau Claire, Wisconsin to give workshops and to lead sesshins.[8] Hagen married Jean Forester, a piano teacher who died in 2010.[9] Forester sold her home to help purchase St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in the Fulton neighborhood in the Southwest community of Minneapolis, where Hagen founded Dharma Field in 1997.[9][10]

James Ishmael Ford wrote that Dharma Field under Hagen had "...an independent sensibility that parallels Charlotte Joko Beck's teaching".[1]

Dharma Field offers foundational Buddhist studies as well as advanced courses.[11] Among the latter, Hagen taught a yearlong course on Nagarjuna.[12]

Norm Randolph who is also a dharma heir of Katagiri is a teacher at Dharma Field. Lee Register who received dharma transmission from Hagen in 2011 is a former teacher.[6] Bev Forsman was ordained by Hagen in 2007 and received dharma transmission in 2010. Forsman became head teacher in June 2012[6] and served until May 2014.[13]

Dharma heirs

  • Bev Forsman
  • Lee Register

Publications

Bibliography

  • Hagen, Steve (1995). How the World Can Be the Way It Is. Quest Books. ISBN 0-8356-0719-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Hagen, Steve (1998). Buddhism Plain and Simple. Broadway Books. ISBN 0-7679-0332-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Hagen, Steve (2004). Buddhism Is Not What You Think. HarperOne. ISBN 0-06-073057-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Hagen, Steve (2007). Meditation Now Or Never. HarperOne. ISBN 0-06-114329-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Hagen, Steve (2012). Why the World Doesn't Seem to Make Sense: An Inquiry into Science, Philosophy, and Perception. Sentient Publications. ISBN 1591811805.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Other books

  • Katagiri, Dainin (2000). Hagen, Steve (ed.). You Have to Say Something. Shambhala. ISBN 1-57062-462-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Senzaki, Nyogen, Genro, and Nyogen (2000). The Iron Flute: 100 Zen Koans. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 0-8048-3248-X.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Introduction by Steve Hagen)

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ford, James Ishmael (2006). Zen Master Who?. Wisdom Publications. p. 135. ISBN 0-86171-509-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brussat, Frederic; Brussat, Mary Ann. "Book Review: Buddhism Is Not What You Think". Spirituality and Practice. Retrieved January 30, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Dharma Field Online Bookstore". Dharma Field Zen Center. Retrieved October 12, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hanson, Linda (July 19, 2008). "Duluth native teaches Buddhism's basics". Duluth News Tribune via The Buddhist Channel. Retrieved January 30, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Steve Hagen Interview". Sweeping Zen – The Zen Buddhism Database. September 25, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Dharma Field Teachers". Dharma Field Zen Center. Retrieved January 31, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Hagen, Steve. "Contradiction" (PDF). Dharma Field Zen Center. p. 18. Retrieved January 31, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Hagen, Steve (2007). Meditation: Now or Never. HarperCollins. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-06-114329-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Jean Forester". Dharma Field Zen Center. Retrieved January 31, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Millett, Larry (2009). AIA Guide to the Minneapolis Lake District. Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 96. ISBN 0-87351-645-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Courses". Dharma Field Zen Center. Retrieved February 18, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Hagen, Steve (2007). Meditation: Now or Never. HarperCollins. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-06-114329-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Hagen, Steve; Forsman, Bev. "Center news". Dharma Field Zen Center. Retrieved July 3, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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