Sanshin Zen Community is an international Buddhist sangha founded in 1996 by Shohaku Okumura, a Soto Zen priest and respected translator of the thirteenth-century Japanese Zen master, Eihei Dogen Zenji. Based at Sanshin-ji, in Bloomington, Indiana, Sanshin exists to provide intensive practice of zazen in the style of Kosho Uchiyama-roshi, informed by thorough study of Dogen's teachings and communal work. Sanshin offers opportunities for daily practice, weekly Dharma talks, monthly retreats, and a three-month ango (intensive practice period). Activities are open to all Buddhist practitioners, as well as anyone with a sincere interest in the practice of Zen.
Next Dharma Study Group is March 5, 2014
Thursday Dharma Q&A is discontinued.
Thursday Evening Zazen is discontinued.
The month of February we have a modified schedule: no regularly scheduled evening activities.
Nirvana Day Sesshin: February 14 and 15, 2014
No registration required, no fees, no meals. One may attend any or all of the scheduled zazen periods; come and go as you are able. For more information contact us.
Nirvana Day Celebration: February 16.
Dharma talk and potluck lunch. Please RSVP to email@example.com, or by calling 812-339-2635.
INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM class continues: February 17 and 21; 7-8pm, in the temple zendo.
This class may be joined at any time. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
March Sesshin : March 6 - March 9. This is a 3 day event, which starts Thursday evening and ends Sunday after lunch.
INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM class continues: March 14 and 28; 7-8pm, in the temple zendo.
This class may be joined at any time.
January: 9 - 12 Sesshin
24 Roshi talk at Monterey Bay Zen Center, CA
25 Roshi talk at Berkeley Zen Center, CA
29 Roshi talk at San Francisco Zen Center, CA
31 Roshi talk at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, CA
February: 1 Roshi talk at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, CA
2 Roshi talk at Green Gulch Farm, CA
8 - 15 Genzo-e Retreat, Austin, Texas
14 & 15 Nirvana Day Sesshin;
16 Nirvana Day Celebration
March: 6 - 9 Sesshin
April: 5 One Day Retreat for Beginners;
6 Sangha Work Day;
7 through July 8: Practice Period;
13 Buddha's Birthday Celebration
May: April 30 - May 5: Genzo-e Retreat
June: 4 - 9 Sesshin;
23 Shuso Ceremony
July: 2 - 7 Precepts Retreat;
7 Precepts Ceremony;
8 End of Practice Period
August: Modified schedule at Sanshinji;
1 - 3 Sesshin in Sweden;
5 Public Talk in Stockholm, Sweden;
8 - 10 Sesshin in Southern Sweden
September: 4 - 7 Sesshin
October: 4 One Day Retreat;
5 Sangha Work Day
10-12 Sesshin at Stillpoint Zen Community, PA
November: 5 - 10 Genzo-e Retreat
December: Nov. 30 - Dec. 8 Rohatsu Sesshin;
14 Buddha's Enlightenment Day Celebration
LEAF OF GRASS--monthly One Day Sittings, and weekly practice offerings in St. Paul, MN
Please contact Rev. Doan Brian Roessler for information; rsvp encouraged and appreciated.
651-785-4282 - email@example.com
NORTHFIELD BUDDHIST MEDITATION CENTER:
Northfield, Minnesota: An introductory class and sitting group will be offered by Rev. Shodo Spring beginning in April. Alternate Wednesday evenings, at Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center. (Accessible location, no incense.) By donation. Contact Shodo, 507-384-8541 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Shohaku Okumura, founder and guiding teacher of the Sanshin Zen Community, was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1948. In 1970, he was ordained by the late Kosho Uchiyama-roshi, one of the foremost Zen masters of the twentieth-century. Okumura-roshi received Dharma transmission from his teacher in 1975 and, shortly after, became one of the founding members of Pioneer Valley Zendo in Massachusetts. He returned to Japan in 1981 and began translating the works of Dogen, Uchiyama and other Soto masters from Japanese into English. In 1993, he moved back to the United States with his wife, Yuko, and their two children. He has previously served as teacher at the Kyoto Zen Center in Japan and at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis, and was Director of the Soto Zen International Center in San Francisco for thirteen years. Today, he is recognized for his unique perspective on the life and teachings of Dogen Zenji derived from his experience as both practitioner and translator, and as a teacher in both Japanese and Western practice communities. He gives frequent lectures on the Shobogenzo and other foundational texts. His translations have been published in several books, including Dogen's Extensive Record (Wisdom Publications, 2004) and The Wholehearted Way (Tuttle Publishing, 1997), and his lectures have appeared in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, Dharma Eye, and Buddhism Now. He continues to lead sesshins (intensive meditation retreats) and genzo-e (Shobogenzo study) retreats at Sanshin-ji and at various other centers in the US and around the world.