Sangha News for January 2022
Event coordinator hired: Doju Layton has become Sanshin's event coordinator, with responsibilities for providing logistical support for genzo-e and other practice events. He will also be taking on some of the administrative work previously carried out by Hoko; she'll be redirecting that time to teaching and writing. In addition to his new staff responsibilities, Doju will continue to carry out his activities related to groundskeeping and environmental sustainability, welcoming and orienting new practitioners, and his own training as a novice. This spring he will also being teaching Sanshin's Experiencing Zen course within Ivy Tech Community College's continuous learning program. Learn more about Doju here and here.
Secure storage space needed for valuable tapes: One of the primary activities of the Dōgen Institute is looking after Sanshin's digital and physical archives. Our digital archives are stored away safely on the cloud, but we're now looking for storage space for our physical archives. These physical archives include one-of-a-kind recordings of lectures by Okumura Roshi on cassette tape as well as recordings of his teacher, Uchiyama Roshi. Over the years, the Dōgen Institute has worked to raise money and convert these recordings from cassette to digital files in order to preserve them safely, but even after the conversion the original tapes still need to be stored somewhere.
Those who have visited Sanshin in person will already be aware that space is at a premium on the campus. We're looking for a sangha member who would be willing to store these tapes in a safe, dry, controlled environment until such time as Sanshin Zen Community has a larger library and/or an agreement with a larger institution for their storage. If you are willing to consider storing these 6 to 8 banker's boxes full of tapes, please contact David Thompson.
Introduction to Dogen retreat with Hoko: Dogen's writings are a lifetime study, and one introductory weekend isn't nearly enough to prepare participants to study the Shobogenzo on their own. However, this retreat introduces basic elements of Dogen's teaching and provides some grounding in the major themes, the structure of his writing and awareness of the texts he found influential. While this retreat is not a prerequisite for genzo-e participation, those aspiring to participate in such study may find it helpful. More information about in-personal participation for local practitioners and virtual participation for others is here.
March sesshin in honor of Uchiyama Roshi (10 - 13): Uchiyama Roshi's memorial day is March 13. We will sit in recognition of the very important role our founder's teacher has played in the development of the practice we carry out at Sanshin today. More information about in-personal participation for local practitioners and virtual participation for others is here.
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