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 December 18, 2013
Thursday Dharma Q&A is discontinued.
Thursday Evening Zazen is discontinued.
INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM class continues: November 15 and 29; 7-8pm.
This class may be joined at any time.
Please contact the office, 812-339-2635 or
email@example.com for more information.
Rohatsu Sesshin November 30 - December 8, 2013
December 15, 2013 is Buddha's Enlightenment Day Celebration. In addition to our usual activities, we will have a short service and potluck lunch on that Sunday. Please join us!
December 24, 25, and 26: the zendo will be closed. Please come again on Friday morning for zazen.
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
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
JANUARY 2014: 3-day Antaiji style sesshin January 3-5, 2014.
There will be a three-day sesshin from dinnertime on January 3 through early afternoon on January 5, 2014. It will be held at Clares Well about 90 minutes outside Minneapolis (http://www.fslf.org/clareswell). The cost is $120/person. Lodging, meals, bedding, towels are provided. Meals will be vegetarian (other dietary restrictions can be accommodated). We do have space for a few more participants, please get in touch ASAP if you would like to attend.
Please contact Rev. Doan Brian Roessler for information; rsvp encouraged and appreciated.
651-785-4282 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.