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 April 23, 2014

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

April Practice Events:

One Day Beginner's Retreat Experiencing Zen: A Workshop with Shohaku Okumura Roshi on Saturday April 5, 2014 ~ 8:30am - 5:00pm. This retreat has filled--if you are interested in being on the waiting list, please proceed with registration, and you will be contacted if an opening is available.

Sangha Work Day on Sunday April 6, 2014
Schedule of the day;
8:10am Zazen
9:00am to 12pm Work
12pm to 1pm Lunch, 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 are joining us, and when, if you are not staying all day. rsvp to admin@sanshinji.org. Thank you!

TRADITIONAL JAPANESE COOKING CLASSES continue: 5 different classes offered twice each (pick one date): Tofu Dish, 3/22 & 23; Rice & Miso Soup, 3/29 & 30; Vegetable Dish, 4/12 & 13; Sushi 1, 4/19 & 20; Sushi 2, 4/26 & 27. Instructor: Yuko Okumura. Fee: $35/class, $99 for 3 classes; $165 for 5 classes. Please look at website: http://ichigotofu.weebly.com/ for further details. To register, email Yuko at oyko108@gmail.com.

Intro to Buddhism class: final class April 4, 2014. 7-8pm, in the temple zendo.

Practice Period begins Thursday April 10 and continues through July 7, 2014.

Buddha's Birthday Celebration on Sunday April 13, 2014: Dharma Talk, Ceremony, and Potluck Lunch. Please rsvp for lunch.

May Genzo-e retreat begins April 30, 2014.
This retreat has filled--if you are interested in being on the waiting list, please proceed with registration, and you will be contacted if an opening is available.

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
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
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:

LEAF OF GRASS--monthly One Day Sittings, and weekly practice offerings in St. Paul, MN
Upcoming dates:

Please contact Rev. Doan Brian Roessler for information; rsvp encouraged and appreciated.
651-785-4282 - roesslerbass@gmail.com

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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Welcome, you are
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Next zazen instruction
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Dharma Study Group:
April 23, 2014 ~ 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Everyone is welcome!

Dharma Q & A :
Discontinued until
further notice.

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