We invite you to learn about us, meet others who practice, and explore the resources we make available to beginning and experienced practitioners. Sanshin is open for regular local practice and we also offer some virtual practice opportunities.
There's plenty of information about our style of practice in our free booklet Understanding Sanshin Style, and you may wish to look over our About Sanshin page as well. We have answers to frequently asked questions here. See our public health protocols here.
Getting Started in Zen Practice
Second Tuesdays in person; fourth Tuesdays online
7:00 - 8:30 pm Eastern time in the US
This free session is a great place to begin your Zen practice in the Sanshin style. 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.
Please register below so that we can monitor the number of attendees expected in person and so that we can get online participants the Zoom link. (Look for this information in your email the night before your session.) While you're waiting for your Getting Started session, it's fine to join us in person or online for regular weekly practice.
Please note that 7:00 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 teacher who is geographically closer to you.
Introduction to Zen Buddhism
with Hoko Karnegis, senior dharma teacher
Six Thursdays, 7 - 8:30 pm beginning January 18
Offered at Sanshin in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College Center for Lifelong Learning. In-person participation only.
"Zen" has become a shorthand term for zoning out in some blissful state, but in fact this rich, centuries-old practice is not at all aimed at getting us to escape from our lives. Instead, it offers the opportunity to release ourselves from suffering by seeing reality more clearly and becoming intimate with our own moment-by-moment experience. We'll explore what Zen Buddhism is really all about, beginning with the central ideas of Buddhism itself and moving on to the teachings and practices particular to its Zen form. Class will include instruction in sitting practice (zazen) as well as plenty of time for questions and discussion. Enthusiastic participants in this class from previous years went on to form a zazen/book discussion group that is still meeting today. All faith traditions welcome.
Registration and payment managed by Ivy Tech. Details available when registration opens.
Good opportunities to start practicing with us
See our Schedules and calendars page for complete information about our in-person and virtual practice activities.
Weekday mornings at 6:05 & 7:10 am
Weekday evenings: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7 pm
Sunday morning at 9:10 am
Now that you know how to do zazen, there are multiple opportunities throughout the week to join us for practice.
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8 pm following evening zazen
We read together and discuss a few paragraphs of our current dharma book selection; at this time, we're reading Ryokan Interpreted by Shohaku Okumura.
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.