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Sanshin will be closing the zendo on July 30 for the month of August in order to complete some construction and remodeling activities. The search is underway for a temporary practice place somewhere nearby; if we're unsuccessful in that, we'll simply suspend practice until September.
July 27 - 29
Sanshin's Women's Retreat is designed to appeal to both beginners in Zen practice and those with some experience. The retreat includes instruction in sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) practice if needed, periods of zazen and kinhin, brief dharma talks, Q&A and discussion, vegetarian meals, and yoga designed to support zazen practice. It provides a variety of resources that participants can take in and use in establishing and maintaining their practice. READ MORE
September 6 - 9
Sesshin at Sanshin is an opportunity to practice without distraction. We set aside the usual activities -- or entertainments -- of temple life, like work periods, meetings with teachers and dharma talks, and focus completely on zazen. We practice in complete silence following a 4 am to 9 pm daily schedule that consists simply of fourteen 50-minute periods of zazen with one-hour breaks for meals. This sesshin-without-toys style of practice was created by our dharma grandfather, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi and practiced at Antaji in Kyoto, Japan. We carry on and offer this tradition of our lineage here at Sanshin. READ MORE
October 5 - 7
Although the fall work weekend includes zazen and liturgy, the majority of our days will be spent taking care of the temple and grounds. For first-time visitors the weekend is a good opportunity to get to know Sanshin's practice and sangha; for old friends it's a chance to reconnect and help to ensure that our temple and grounds continue to support our practice. READ MORE
Join us for one day of practice in the style of our sesshin, a retreat devoted simply to sitting zazen. The schedule will be that of a typical sesshin, but the day itself will be shorter than the usual 4 am - 9 pm. Whether you're just establishing your practice and are looking for the opportunity to try some intensive sitting or you're an experienced practitioner with limited time, this one-day sitting is a chance to set aside all other home and temple activities and just engage in zazen. READ MORE
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Next "getting started" session:
July 17, 2018
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Our new book, written by Okumura Roshi and ten of his disciples, is now available here.
A new edition of the book of Uchiyama Roshi's poems that we produced for our 10th anniversary is now available here.
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