We invite you to learn about us, meet others who practice, and explore the resources we make available to beginning and experienced practitioners. Our facilities are closed for the time being, but we are offering some virtual practice opportunities.
There's plenty of information on our homepage about our style of practice, and you may wish to look over our About Sanshin page as well. We have answers to frequently asked questions here.
Getting Started in Home Zen Practice
Third Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9 pm Eastern time in the US
Next session: May 18, 2021
This free session is a great place to begin your Zen practice in the Sanshin style while staying safely at home. Become familiar with the sitting practice that's at the core of what we do; explore what happens with body, breath and mind; ask your questions and participate in practice discussions; and get a preview of upcoming Sanshin activities and events. You may attend once or as many times as you like; activities will match the needs of those who attend on any particular evening. Experienced practitioners looking for help with practice questions are also very welcome.
We ask you to register below simply so that the night before your session we can safely get you the Zoom link you'll need in order to participate. If you sign up less than 24 hours before a session, we'll put you into the one for the following week.
Please note that 7:30 pm in Bloomington is the middle of the night overseas. If you're outside of North America, we suggest learning to sit with a Sanshin Network member who is geographically closer to you.
Good opportunities to start practicing with us
Monday - Friday mornings at 6:10 a.m.
Monday - Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday morning at 9:10 a.m.
Now that you know how to do zazen, there are multiple opportunities throughout the week to join us for practice. See our virtual practice page.
Most Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8 pm following evening zazen
We read together and discuss a chapter of our current dharma book selection; at this time, we're reading The Zen Teachings of Homeless Kodo. See our virtual practice page.
Sundays, 10:10 - 11 am
For information about practice forms for Sunday mornings, please see this page.
Our abbot, vice abbot, or a senior member of the community speaks about a text, teaching or element of practice. These talks are not aimed at beginners, but they are a great way to get some grounding in Zen teachings and ask your questions about the topic of the day. See our virtual practice page.