Steve Hagen

Steve Hagen

Duluth, Minnesota, The United States


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.

He is a published author of several books on Buddhism. Among them, "Buddhism Plain & Simple" is one of the top five bestselling Buddhism books in the United States.

He has been a student of Buddhist thought and practice since 1967. In 1975 he became a student of Dainin Katagiri Roshi in Minneapolis and was ordained in 1979. He has studied with teachers in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, and in 1989 received Dharma transmission (endorsement to teach) from Katagiri Roshi. He is currently head teacher at Dharma Field.

Average rating: 4.09 · 5,171 ratings · 374 reviews · 6 distinct works · Similar authors
Buddhism Plain and Simple

4.10 avg rating — 4,232 ratings — published 1997 — 14 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Buddhism Is Not What You Th...

4.09 avg rating — 672 ratings — published 2003 — 17 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Meditation Now or Never

3.93 avg rating — 208 ratings — published 2007 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Why the World Doesn't Seem ...

4.35 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
How the World Can Be the Wa...

3.82 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
You Have to Say Something: ...

4.35 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2013
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Steve Hagen…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“The buddha-dharma does not invite us to dabble in abstract notions. Rather, the task it presents us with is to attend to what we actually experience, right in this moment. You don't have to look "over there." You don't have to figure anything out. You don't have to acquire anything. And you don't have to run off to Tibet, or Japan, or anywhere else. You wake up right here. In fact, you can only wake up right here.

So you don't have to do the long search, the frantic chase, the painful quest. You're already right where you need to be.”
Steve Hagen, Buddhism Plain and Simple

“Meditation begins now, right here. It can't begin someplace else or at some other time. To paraphrase the great Zen master Dogen, "If you want to practice awareness, then practice awareness without delay." If you wish to know a mind that is tranquil and clear, sane and peaceful, you must take it up now. If you wish to free yourself from the frantic television mind that runs our lives, begin with the intention to be present now.

Nobody can bring awareness to your life but you.

Meditation is not a self-help program--a way to better ourselves so we can get what we want. Nor is it a way to relax before jumping back into busyness. It's not something to do once in awhile, either, whenever you happen to feel like it.

Instead, meditation is a practice that saturates your life and in time can be brought into every activity. It is the transformation of mind from bondage to freedom.

In practicing meditation, we go nowhere other than right here where we now stand, where we now sit, where we now live and breathe. In meditation we return to where we already are--this shifting, changing ever-present now.

If you wish to take up meditation, it must be now or never.”
Steve Hagen, Meditation Now or Never

“See confusion as confusion. Acknowledge suffering as suffering. Feel pain and sorrow and divisiveness. Experience anger or fear or shock for what they are. But you don't have to think of them as evil - as intrinsically bad, as needing to be destroyed or driven from our midst. On the contrary, they need to be absorbed, healed, made whole. (15)”
Steve Hagen, Buddhism Is Not What You Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Buddhist: July's Nominations 7 24 Jun 07, 2011 12:41PM  
Chicks On Lit: Title and Author Game 4058 1635 Apr 16, 2013 09:48AM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Spring Challenge 2013 Completed Tasks - DO NOT DELETE ANY POSTS IN THIS TOPIC! 2832 665 May 31, 2013 09:02PM  

Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Steve to Goodreads.