There are a number of small sitting groups within several hours of Sanshin, and we make resources available to them to help support their practice. Formal affiliation with Sanshin or Soto Zen is not necessary; we simply want to offer what we can to these small groups of wholehearted practitioners, which may be practicing without a teacher, a formal organization or a dedicated facility.
Visits and dharma talks by Hoko or other dharma leaders
Sanshin's vice abbot is available for dharma talks, classroom presentations, workshops, retreats/sesshin and more. Other dharma leaders can also visit your group, offer a talk, have a discussion with group members and offer general guidance about practice issues.
One-day retreats at Sanshin just for your group
Pile your group into cars and head for Bloomington! We can arrange a day of practice just for you that includes your preferred activities on your own schedule, or we can suggest a plan for the day based on our experience with similar events. If you'll be staying overnight, you're welcome to sleep in our zendo or camp on the grounds.
Workshops and resources on chanting services
If your group's activities include liturgy, or you would like to add it to your regular schedule, we'll be happy to provide training for those ringing bells and leading chanting. Whether you need a tune-up or a start-from-scratch session, we can help service leaders feel comfortable in their roles and provide information that will help your group understand and appreciate the liturgy. Assistance with short, basic Japanese services is available as well as services in English.
Other assistance by request
Is your group considering how to organize practice, planning a special practice event, or working on a new program initiative? Sanshin might be able to help you think through your options.
Make your request
If your group would like to make use of any the resources listed on this page, or you'd like to ask for another kind of assistance, please fill out and send us this form. We'll get in touch with you to talk about whether and how we can help.