isSanshin 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 Shobozan Sanshinji 正法山 三心寺 in Bloomington, IN, 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, sesshin and 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.
Sanshin Zen Community was founded in 1996 in Iowa City, IA under the guidance of Shohaku Okumura and Taiken Yokoyama. Thanks to the efforts of sangha members, the land in Bloomington, IN was purchased in 2001, and construction work began in winter of the next year. By August 2003, all community activity had moved to Bloomington. In 2005, Sanshin received approval from the Soto school of Buddhism as an overseas temple, and accordingly is now able to fulfill its role as an official center for annual practice retreats.