Sangha News for January 2023
January sesshin: Seven practitioners persevered amidst myriad challenges to complete the 5-day sesshin. No residents were on campus and several practitioners originally registered had to cancel their participation due to illness or other reasons. Those remaining faced a reallocation of work tasks and leadership roles that gave everyone several jobs a day in the kitchen and zendo just to carry on basic functioning,
Just a few hours before sesshin was to begin, a water leak from the zendo ceiling inundated floorboards, under-floor heating, tatami and cushions. Mops, buckets and fans were the order of the day as the great drying-out began. Clearly practice in the zendo would not be possible for awhile.
Hoko hastily constructed a makeshift zendo in the common room which just fit the size of the group and practice was held there for the first day and a half. Kinhin was held outside, and practitioners had the opportunity to practice with the distraction of the bright moon, singing birds, winter breezes and uneven paving stones.
With the zendo and its contents relatively dry, the group moved back but soon discovered that one of the two toilets near the zendo was leaking, rendering it off limits for the duration. It meant a quick dash next door to the residential facility during kinhin for some when the sole remaining restroom was in use.
Nonetheless, the sesshin wrapped up successfully with the usual Sunday practice with the rest of the sangha and a talk by Okumura Roshi.
February abbreviated schedule: As usual in February, Sanshin will lighten its practice schedule for the month. There will be no chanting services or Zuimonki reading following weekday morning zazen, and no weekday evening zazen. The Wednesday evening discussion group has chosen to continue to meet during this time. See the complete schedule here.
Five-day sesshin in honor of Uchiyama Roshi (March 7 - 12): Sesshin will be held as usual but will end with a memorial service for Uchiyama Roshi, who died on March 13, 1998. Uchiyama Roshi is one of the most important influences on Sanshin's practice today. For links to works by and about him, go to this page.
Shodo Spring will give an online talk for Hokyoji in southern Minnesota on January 21. Zazen periods begin at 8:30 and 9:00 am Central Time and the talk begins at 9:30. More information is here.
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