Sangha News for May 2022
Pull Your Own Nose and Lift the Ancient Kōan
Virtual talk on sangha: Hoko gave a virtual talk for the Great Tree Zen Women's Temple in Asheville, NC. Her topic was Dogen's Three Aspects of Sangha and she covered the manifesting, maintaining and absolute sangha as described in the Kyojukaimon and the relationship between sangha and precepts. The Great Tree sangha is studying sangha this year and preparing for a precepts receiving ceremony. Great Tree founder Teijo Munnich was an early organizer of Sanshin Zen Community and will be visiting Sanshin next month for our honsoku gyocha and shuso hossen ceremonies.
Anniversary prep: Shoryu Bradley, founder of Gyobutsuji in Arkansas, spent a few days at Sanshin working with Hoko on ino materials for the 100th anniversary of Soto Zen in North America. The 5-day event, to be held in Los Angeles in November, includes a precepts receiving ceremony for 100 practitioners, including Mark Fraley, Gene Elias and Mark Ahlstrom from our own sangha. Okumura Roshi will be giving three lectures on the precepts, Hoko and Shoryu will serve as inos, and Hosshin is a member of the building committee.
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June sesshin with Shodo Spring: While all seats for in-person participation are now full, virtual participation remains available. Sesshin at Sanshin is an opportunity to practice without distraction. We set aside the usual activities -- or entertainments -- of temple life, like work periods, meetings with teachers and dharma talks, and focus completely on zazen. We practice in complete silence following a 4 am to 9 pm daily schedule that consists simply of fourteen 50-minute periods of zazen with one-hour periods for meals and a bit of personal time. This sesshin-without-toys style of practice was created by our founder's teacher, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, and practiced at Antaji in Kyoto, Japan. We carry on and offer this tradition of our lineage here at Sanshin.
Shodo Spring is a dharma heir of Shohaku Okumura and is a member of Sanshin's board of directors. She sits monthly Antaiji-style sesshins in the tradition of her lineage, leads an informal study group, and occasionally gives talks and retreats at other temples. She founded Mountains and Waters Alliance in Minnesota, a part of the Sanshin Network, to work together with all beings for the welfare of the whole earth. She lives on a farm, apprenticing herself to the plants, waters, animals and earth, learning to be human, and she spends time with her children and grandchildren. More information about the sesshin is here.
Listen to Issan's story: As part of the StoryCorps project, shuso and former hospice worker Issan Koyama talked about his experiences with grief. The podcast is available on the StoryCorps website, and a two-minute version is available on the NPR Morning Edition website.
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