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 October 15, 2014
Thursday Dharma Q&A is discontinued.
Thursday Evening Zazen is discontinued.
Saturday, October 4 : Sangha Work Day
Time; 8am to 6pm
Schedule of the day;
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)
You may attend all or part of this day; please let us know you will be attending.
Sunday, October 5: Half Day Retreat in the morning: starting at 9am. 3 periods of zazen; no registration, no fees, no meals; experience with meditation required. You may bring a brown bag lunch to be eaten at the temple between am and pm activities. Hot water and tea provided.
Afternoon (1:30-3:30pm) Dharma Talk and book signing by Ben Connelly, ordained priest in the Dainin Katagiri Lineage traveling from MZMC, author of "Inside the Grass Hut: Living Shitou's Classic Zen Poem." Books will be available for purchase on this day. Suggested donation of $15.00 to author, to help cover travel expenses.
Wednesday, October 15, 12:15-1:00pm, Okumura Roshi gives talk at the IU Art Museum, on Calligraphy and Zen.
November Genzo-e Retreat begins Wednesday evening November 5, and ends after lunch on Monday November 10. This retreat is full. If you are interested in participating, we will be taking registrations for a waiting list; please send your registration for consideration. We will notify you if a spot opens for you. Please note: the Dormitory lodging is full for this retreat.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-339-2635.
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
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
January : Sesshin-- Thursday 8 - Sunday 11
February: Nirvana Day Sesshin--Friday and Saturday, 13th and 14th
15th Sunday--Ceremony and Potluck luncheon
March: Sesshin--Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th
April: One Day Beginner's Retreat--Saturday 4th
Sangha Work Day--Sunday 5th
May: Genzo-e Retreat--Wednesday 6th - Monday 11th
June: Sesshin--Wednesday 3rd - Monday 8th
July: Precepts Retreat--Wednesday 1st - Monday 6th
August: Genzo-e Retreat at GGF--16th - 23rd
September: Sesshin--Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th
Okumura Roshi to France and Italy--10th - 28th
October: One Day Retreat--Saturday 3rd
Sangha Work Day--Sunday 4th
Okumura Roshi to Stillpoint, PA: retreat--8th - 11th
November: Genzo-e Retreat--Wednesday 4th - Monday 9th
December: Rohatsu Sesshin--November 30th - December 8th
Sesshin practice at Vairochana Farm, Faribault, MN
- 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 - email@example.com
NORTHFIELD BUDDHIST MEDITATION CENTER:
Northfield, Minnesota: Activities resume in September. 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.