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 Wed. May 22
Next Dharma Q&A is Thurs. May 23
Sangha Work Day ~ May 25, 2013.
Time; 8am to 6pm
Schedule of the day;
9:00am to 12pm Work
12pm to 1pm Lunch (provided), clean-up & break
1pm to 2:30pm Work
2:30pm to 2:50pm Tea break
2:50pm to 4:30pm Work
4:30pm to 5pm Break/Shower
5:10pm to 6pm Zazen (optional)
Please let us know if you would like to attend.
June Sesshin June 5 - 10, 2013.
There is still space in the Sesshin. Please make registration soon, if you are interested in participating.
Sanshinji 10th Anniversary Celebration!
June 22, 2013. This celebration will be held at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, on Snoddy Road, in Bloomington, IN.
10am Short Speech by Rev. Hosshin Shoaf, Board President
10:15am Short Speech by Shohaku Okumura Roshi, Abbot
10:30am Lecture by Rev. Fujita (with Q&A)
12noon Tea and snacks
Please join us for this momentous date!
RSVP by June 1, 2013.
Please contact the office, 812-339-2635 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Leaf of Grass--monthly One Day Sittings in St. Paul, MN
JUNE: June 9, 2013 : 7 am - 5 pm
Please contact Brian Roessler for information
651-785-4282 - email@example.com
As her first offering after dharma transmission, Shodo Spring will lead a pilgrimage this summer, July through September. Here is a brief statement:
The Compassionate Earth Walk traces the Keystone XL route through the Great Plains. The ancient practice of pilgrimage responds to present and future environmental catastrophe, focusing on its causes in our own culture. We walk as a blessing to the earth and to those we meet, and as a prayer for all earth’s children.
There will be zazen, silence, and dialogue with those we meet. For more information, or to support or join the walk, look at the website: www.CompassionateEarthWalk.org. Or contact Shodo, firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are welcome, and there is a matching grant through 2/28/2013. Please do not divert donations from Sanshinji, but offer if and how you are moved.
After the walk is over, Shodo expects to settle down in Minnesota, practice Zen, and farm, and invites others to join her.
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.