March sesshin in honor of Uchiyama Roshi: Eight practitioners participated in person and several more joined the sesshin virtually. Sesshin ended on Uchiyama Roshi's memorial day with a dharma talk from Okumura Roshi and a brief chanting service. Uchiyama Roshi is one of the most important influences on Sanshin's practice today. For links to works by and about him, go to this page.
June sesshin with Shodo Spring: 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 8 pm daily schedule that consists simply of thirteen 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. Read more and register here.
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