20th anniversary celebration and leadership transfer successfully concluded
1708 moveout nearly complete: A sangha crew has put in several long days of packing, moving and cleaning in order to clear the rental space next to Sanshin in time for the end of the lease on July 17. Some items have gone into storage until they can be used again, while others have been given to charity or merged into Sanshin's life at 1726. The move has touched off another round of sorting, reorganizing and divestiture at 1726, since space is already limited there.
The funds that had been going toward the monthly rent at 1708 will be redirected to other areas of the operation as the board of directors continues its work to ensure Sanshin's financial sustainability. Over the years, 1708 has served as a short-term guest facility, a storage space, the kitchen and meals area for sesshin and retreat, a workshop space for robe sewing retreats, a meeting area, and, most recently, housing for three residential practitioners.
Three-day sesshin (August 31 - September 3): 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 Antaiji in Kyoto, Japan.
Save the date for November virtual dharma study retreat: Plans are underway for Dogen Institute to sponsor Okumura Roshi’s virtual ten-day dharma study retreat in November 2023. This once-a-year event is meant as a successor to Okumura Roshi’s genzo-e retreats, which will no longer be held. The format for this new retreat includes one morning lecture a day for ten days. This format will provide a less strenuous schedule for Okumura Roshi as he transitions into the Founding Teacher role. In November 2023, he plans to lecture on Dogen’s Shobogenzo fascicle “Zazenshin.” Registration for online attendance will open sometime after mid-July. In-person attendance will be restricted to support personnel.
Since a number of network members were on hand for this month's many community events, in this issue we content ourselves with a gallery of their visit to Bloomington.
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