Sangha News for June 2022
Seeking graphic design volunteer: The Dogen Institute, the educational arm of Sanshin Zen Community, is looking for a volunteer graphic designer. Even two hours per month can be extremely helpful, and we welcome your participation from anywhere in the world. The work will concentrate on the presentation of our web properties and materials, such as e-books. We are currently working on a couple of logos, as well as a few illustrations for books. Experience with Adobe Illustrator desired.
We understand that your volunteer work for not-for-profit organizations comes at the expense of your personal time. With that in mind, we always respect and appreciate whatever amount of time you have to offer towards these efforts. Please contact DI director David Thompson or use the Contact Us link on the Dōgen Institute website.
Virtual precepts retreat: June 29 - July 4
with Shohaku Okumura:
This retreat focuses on the study of the bodhisattva precepts that Buddhists receive as guidelines for living a life of practice. This year's group of precepts recipients will be in the zendo in person engaging in zazen, lectures, work practice and silent meals; the schedule is here. A precepts ceremony (jukai) is held during the last day of the retreat in which those practitioners will receive the Buddhist precepts and a rakusu, or lay robe, which they have sewn beforehand. Outside of these recipients, all participation in the retreat will be virtual. All spaces for precepts recipients are filled for this year and the retreat will not be opened for general in-person registration. Please contact us for access to our virtual practice page if you don't already have it. Registration for virtual participation is not necessary, however dana will be gratefully accepted.
Ordinations in France: On May 15 Shoju Mahler gave the priest precepts to her student Raphaël Benoit who received the Dharma name Jido Shogen, and also to Mokusho Depreay's student, Laurent Nieblas Ramirez who received the Dharma name Shozan Keido. Shoju is the founder and head priest of Hosuiji in Alès, France. Mokusho is the founder and head priest of Daishinji in Mons, Belgium. "We are very lucky to both be Okumura Roshi's disciples and very grateful to be receiving his teachings. Mokusho and I support each other and work closely together to spread the Dharma." says Shoju. Everyone enjoyed the ceremony and the beautiful sunny day! Mokusho observed, " A beautiful ceremony, which opens a new chapter for Shôgen and Keidô, but also for our center, since it is the first time that one of its members receives the ordination of "Buddhist priest" (except Mokusho)."
Genzo-e participation and new dorm in Belgium: Seven people joined Mokusho in online participation in Sanshin's May genzo-e from Daishinji in Mons. He says "It was also the occasion for us to inaugurate the dormitory installed by me and Fabien, since four people stayed there for one or more nights. We are already looking forward to the next retreat in November, in the same form."
Graduation in California: On May 22, Jokei Molly Whitehead completed her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her first class for graduate school, four years ago, began with the question, “What is the self?” Jokei has enjoyed integrating insights from Western psychology with Zen study and practice. She looks forward to ongoing learning as a therapist and priest, and to supporting people’s efforts toward liberation, meaning, and joy.
After training at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, she studied for several years with Shohaku Okumura and was ordained by him in 2011. She has helped to edit several of Okumura Roshi’s books, including The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo. Her geographic location may change in the coming months, but she can be reached through her soon-to-be-revived blog and is always happy to hear from fellow sangha members.
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