An initial meeting turned up a number of interesting questions as doans learned from each other about the various tasks and forms that are a part of Sanshin's weekday, Sunday and retreat practice, and about the traditional Soto Zen context for the way things are done. Some initial conclusions were reached, but it was clear that there are many more areas for fruitful discussion. "Forms are part of our shared culture," Hoko said. "Doing things the same way builds our community across space and time and makes it easier for new sangha members to get comfortable with being here. They're getting the same guidance from everyone and seeing the same things each time they come."
On a related note, Okumura Roshi and Hoko are considering development of a Sanshin gyojikihan, or handbook of forms and ceremonies, that can serve as a resource not only at Sanshin itself but for others in the Sanshin network who may want to follow the same patterns.