Genzo-e Retreat at Sanshinji

Genzo-e Retreats are one of the unique offerings of Sanshin Zen Community. This retreat focuses on the study of the Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye Treasury), the major work of the founder of Soto Zen, Dogen Zenji. Although the Shobogenzo is considered to be one of the most important Buddhist texts in Japan and has been translated into English several times, it is very difficult to understand without studying the text in its original language. The Genzo-e retreat is therefore a rare opportunity for in-depth study of Dogen with a teacher who has studied the Shobogenzo extensively and practiced with its insights for many years. Two 90-minute lectures are offered each day with some discussion. Breaks are offered to allow study and discussion of the teachings. Registration 2 weeks before the start of the retreat (postmarked) is $225, after 2 weeks is $258.

Click here for registration information (a pdf document)

Daily Schedule


9 am Temple Cleaning
pm Doan training (upon request)
6:00 pm Supper
7:30 pm Orientation
8:00 pm Zazen
8:50 pm End of Day

Thursday - Sunday

04:40 am Wakeup
05:10 Zazen
06:00 Kinhin
06:10 Zazen
07:00 Serve-up/breakfast
07:30 Soji (temple cleaning)

08:00 Break

09:00 Dharma talk
10:30 Question & answer
10:50 Break
11:10 Zazen
12 pm Serve-up/lunch/break

12:40 Study period
02:00 Lecture
03:30 Break
04:10 Zazen
05:00 Kinhin
05:10 Zazen
06:00 Serve-up/supper/break

07:10 Zazen
08:00 Kinhin
08:10 Zazen
09:00 End of Day


04:40 am Wakeup
05:10 Zazen
06:00 Kinhin
06:10 Zazen
07:00 Serve-up/breakfast
07:30 Soji (temple cleaning)
08:00 Break
09:00 Dharma talk
10:30 Discussion
11:00 Temple cleaning
11:30 Sangha gathering
12 pm Lunch/cleanup

End of Retreat

For more information about this retreat, including registration and accommodation, please contact the office manager at 812-339-2635 or by email at

· Participants may chose to attend the entire retreat or any part it. You may, for example, attend one or two full days, or you may chose to attend certain portions of all five days. However, in order to plan for meal attendance and zendo occupancy, we do ask that when you register you specify the portions of retreat you will attend.

· Because we aim to create an environment of harmony and continuity during retreat, we hope that participants will be able to attend all retreat activities they have signed up for. However, we realize that it may be necessary for some participants to take an unscheduled break in order to take care of themselves. We simply ask that you inform the Ino if you will not be in attendance for a meal or scheduled period of zazen. Also, if you must leave the retreat earlier than expected for any reason, please inform the Ino.

· Meals during retreat are no longer taken oryoki style. We now serve meals buffet style. There is no need to bring or borrow oryoki bowls.

· There will be work assignments such as assisting with meal preparation, cleanup, and doanryo. If you have some experience and would like to be trained to help as a doan, please contact the Ino. Training is usually held on the day of orientation, in the late afternoon, before supper.

· To register for this retreat, please print our Event Registration Form and mail the completed form to Sanshinji, using the address shown on the form.

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