Welcome to Sanshin Zen Community


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.

News & Announcements


Next Dharma Study Group is September 10, 2014

Thursday Dharma Q&A is discontinued.
Thursday Evening Zazen is discontinued.

August Practice Events

The month of August will follow a modified schedule with 2 periods of zazen M-F mornings, and Sunday morning, followed by soji. No service, no talks, no tea-time. No evening sittings. No Dharma Study Group. Regular scheduling will commence again in September.


September Practice Events

September Sesshin 4 - 7, 2014. This 3 day event begins Thursday evening and ends after lunch on Sunday. Fees are $135.00 for full attendance.


October Practice Events

Saturday, October 4 : Sangha Work Day
Sunday, October 5 : One Half Day Retreat in the morning, followed by afternoon (1:30-3:30pm) dharma talk and book signing by Ben Connelly.
Wednesday, October 15, Okumura Roshi gives talk at the IU Art Museum.


November Practice Events

November Genzo-e Retreat begins Wednesday evening November 5, and ends after lunch on Monday November 10. This retreat is nearly full. If you are interested in participating, please make your registration immediately. Please note: the Dormitory lodging is full for this retreat.

December Practice Events

December Rohatsu Sesshin begins on Sunday November 30 and ends Monday December 8.
December 14: Sunday, is Buddha's Enlightenment Day Ceremony and Celebration.

For more information about any of our events or activities, please contact us at admin@sanshinji.org or call 812-339-2635.

2014 Practice Events Schedule:

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
25 Sangha Work Day
June: 4 - 9 Sesshin;
22 Shuso Ceremony
28 Zen and Dance Workshop, Windfall Dancers Studio
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 Sangha Work Day
5 Half Day AM Retreat (no registration, no fees, no meals);
_____1:30-3:30pm Dharma talk & book signing, by Rev Ben
Connelly.
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



Practice Events in Minnesota:

Sesshin practice at Vairochana Farm, Faribault, MN
2014 schedule:

  • Sunday, August 17
  • Saturday, September 20
  • Saturday, October 18
  • (one day in November)
  • December 1-8, Rohatsu sesshin commemorating Buddha's enlightenment.

The one-day sits include the option of arriving the night before, or partial participation, but advance notice is absolutely required. Rohatsu begins the evening before.

Schedule will be Antaiji style - but probably 5 am - 9 pm. Depending on group size there may be modifications for practical matters such as cooking, goat care, and essential farm needs. Instruction for beginners can be scheduled on request.

There is a sitting/discussion group in Northfield, unnamed, which will resume in September, alternate Wednesday evenings. Guided by Shodo Spring.

Everything is by dana.

To learn about Vairochana Farm, look here: http://vairochanafarm.wordpress.com/


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 - roesslerbass@gmail.com
http://www.leafofgrass.net


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 shodo.spring@gmail.com to register.





About our Founder & Teacher

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.

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instruction on Sunday
at 9:00 am.
Next zazen instruction
is September 14, 2014
No instruction on May 18.
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Dharma Study Group:
September 10, 2014 ~ 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Everyone is welcome!

Dharma Q & A :
Discontinued until
further notice.

Thursday Evening zazen
discontinued.

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