Sangha News for March, 2021
Densho Quintero of the Soto Zen Community of Colombia reports that he's given dharma transmission to Dairen Jácome, who has been practicing with him for 18 years. Dairen was also one of the Sanshin Network members who served as a zazen facilitator during November's virtual genzo-e. "I am happy for being able to materialize my vow to continue the teachings and lineage of our dear Honshi," Densho remarked.
Hoko led the second sesshin held at Great Wind Zendo, a lay Zen sangha in Danville, IN. Mark Hotoku Howell, who received the precepts from Okumura Roshi, and Michael Komyo Melfi, who received them from Hoko, sat the entire three-day sesshin and were joined by members of the sangha as their lives permitted. The sesshin ended with a memorial service in honor of the 23rd anniversary of the passing of Kosho Uchiyama, Okumura Roshi's teacher.
April At-Home Retreat
April 1 - 4
Join us virtually for three days of practice in the style of our sesshin, a retreat devoted simply to sitting zazen. Sanshin leaders will be in the zendo maintaining the schedule and carrying out the activities of a standard sesshin day at Sanshin. You are welcome to connect via Zoom and follow along at home for as much of the day as you like. The sangha will arrive for the final zazen period and the retreat will officially end just prior to the regular Sunday dharma talk; you are welcome to attend that talk if you choose.
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