Sangha News for November, 2021
Virtual genzo-e: More than fifty participants from around the world attended the virtual genzo-e held during the first week of this month. Okumura Roshi gave nine lectures on Shobogenzo Baika over the course of five days. The support team included David Thompson, Nate and Iris Cushman, Misaki Kido, Hoko Karnegis, Issan Koyama and Seigen Hartkemeyer.
Virtual talk on Ryokan: Okumura Roshi gave a Saturday morning virtual talk on his latest book, Ryokan Interpreted, for Great Tree Women's Temple in Asheville, NC. The book remains available from Amazon.
Rohatsu sesshin, November 30 - December 8
Rohatsu is one of the three important Buddha days in the annual calendar. With this sesshin we honor Buddha's awakening under the bodhi tree. Sesshin at Sanshin is an opportunity to practice without distraction. We practice in complete silence following a 5 am to 8 pm daily schedule that consists simply of twelve 50-minute periods of zazen with one-hour breaks for meals. This sesshin-without-toys style of practice was created by our dharma grandfather, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi and practiced at Antaji in Kyoto, Japan, and we carry on and offer this tradition of our lineage here at Sanshin. Practitioners who live in Bloomington and have been fully vaccinated may register for full days with communal meals, or may drop in for one or more periods of zazen as they wish (no registration or fee). A virtual look-in option is also available. Complete information and registration is here.
Two new board members: Charan Manektala is now serving as Sanshin's treasurer, taking over from Gene Elias. Charan is a financial planner and a technology instructor at the college level as well as a Sanshin practitioner. Also joining the board is Michael Kirbie, a student at Indiana University and president of IU’s Buddhist Studies Association. Read profiles of all of Sanshin's directors here.
There are still opportunities to join Sanshin's committees on fundraising, facilities, technology and residential practice. Those interested are invited to email Mark Fraley.
Hiring event coordinator: The event coordinator organizes and supports practice events occurring in-person on campus and/or virtually through online technology (e.g., Zoom) as well as providing logistical support for two to three trips annually by practice leaders and tracking guest occupancy for the dorm. See the complete posting here. Deadline for applications is November 19.
Colombia: Densho Quintero reports that he's just ordained five new novices at La Comunidad Soto Zen de Colombia in Bogota. Sanshin welcomes the newest additions to the Network.
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