Please note that we will observe the usual Thanksgiving closure from November 25 - 27. No communal practice will be held.
Issan Koyama is a Japanese disciple of Shohaku Okumura Roshi, and divides his time between USA and Japan. He came back from his most recent trip to Japan bringing Dogen-related rare gifts to Sanshinji, such as a thread from Dogen's own okesa. Issan will share these items with the sangha, for the first time in America, including some fun anecdotes of daily monastic life in the senmon sodo (training temple). His Sunday talk will clarify the map of the authentic "Dogen teachers" in Japan, and point out the uniquely important place Sanshin Zen Community takes up, not only in the USA, but in the global community of Zen Buddhism.
The monthly ryaku fusatsu is our ceremony of renewing our aspiration to follow the precepts. We'll start at 7:30 pm and should be finished by 8:30. The chants are in the chant book which you can download from this page, or you can just listen and repeat. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you've formally taken precepts
Because of the work day on the 18th, we're going to move the monthly World Peace Ceremony forward to the 11th. Following the usual dharma talk, we'll chant the Heart Sutra and dedicate the merit to harmony and wellbeing in the world. You can find the sutra in the chant book available for download toward the bottom of this page. Please chant along with your mic muted during the ceremony.
Following social distancing guidelines and making masks available as needed, we'll be holding a fall work day at Sanshin itself on Sunday, October 18. There are myriad outdoor tasks to be attended to related to groundskeeping and cleanup; an outdoor lunch will be provided. There will be an outdoor zazen period beginning at 9 am which will be available via Zoom at the usual Sunday link; however, there will be no dharma talk that day. If you're in Bloomington, we'd be happy to see you in person.
The next one-day at-home retreat will happen on Saturday, October 31. One or two people will be carrying out a sesshin day in the typical Sanshin style in our physical zendo while others are free to come and go virtually as their lives permit. There's no cost to participate; donations will be gratefully accepted. Please see this page for complete information.
"Connecting Dharma Gates: Body, Mind, and Ethics" will be the topic October 4 as Dennis McCarty talks about the mind-body connection as it relates to ethics -- particularly sexual ethics in a religious context -- and then introduces Sanshin's recently-approved ethics policy. In addition to being a Sanshin practitioner and the secretary of our board, Dennis is a retired UU minister with plenty of experience speaking about things of the spirit. Last year he offered a well-attended workshop on bodhisattva listening skills for our sangha.
See the official public announcement about our response to the pandemic here.
Offered via Zoom; all times listed are Eastern time in the US
When you click the links below for Sanshin activities. you may be asked for a password. It was provided in the original email you received from Sanshin with the link to this page.
Getting Started in Home Zen Practice, most Tuesdays 7:30 - 9 pm More information is here.
Weekday morning zazen and service (6:10 am)
Please be in your seat and ready to go by 6:05, in time for the doshi's bows.
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March 5 only: click here
Weekday evening zazen with IU campus group (6:30 pm)click here to join
Wednesday evening zazen and book discussion (6:30 pm)
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Ryaku Fusatsu: March 15, 7:30 pm: click here to join
Sunday morning zazen and dharma talk: (9:10 am)
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Missed a Sunday dharma talk? Many recordings are available on our YouTube channel.
Download Sanshin's chant book for morning services (but please chant with mic muted)
Download chant sheet for the Enmei Jukku Kannongyo