Sangha News for September 2022
Out into the world
Another new director: Eido Reinhart has joined the board in the in-lineage clergy seat. She practiced with Katagiri Roshi in Minnesota and when he died she practiced with Okumura Roshi when he served as the leader of Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in the 1990s. She received lay precepts from him, then ordination as a novice and eventually dharma transmission. Eido participated in two three-month angos in Japan (2013 and 2016), participated in zuisse in Japan and is recognized by Sotoshu as kokusai fukyoushi (international teacher/missionary). Read a more complete biography on our About Sanshin page.
Please note: If you attended the recent genzo-e by Okumura Roshi on Kenbutsu and would like to send dana to him, you may do so on this page. (General donations are welcome via this page as well.)
Sesshin (September 29 - October 2 ): Sesshin at Sanshin is an opportunity to practice without distraction. 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. LEARN MORE
Gardens for Peace (October 7, 2- 4:30 pm): Hoko will speak briefly, lead a short zazen period and conduct a World Peace ceremony at this event, held in the Japanese garden at Marian University. Activities will also include folding cranes, calligraphy and a presentation about the cultural place and symbolism of the Japanese tea house.
Virtual Genzo-e: Bussho II (November 3 - 7): Okumura Roshi will continue his virtual lectures on the Bussho fascicle of the Shobogenzo, begun with the May 2022 genzo-e and concluding with the May 2023 genzo-e. These will be Okumura Roshi's final genzo-e offered in this form. LEARN MORE
Soto Zen North America 100th Anniversary Online 5-day Precepts Retreat (November 16 - 20): Okumura Roshi will be among the sekkaishi (precepts explaining teachers) giving lectures at this retreat, held at Zenshuji in Los Angeles. The week also includes dharma talks, zazen and ceremonies. LEARN MORE REGISTER (do not use the form on the information page)
Rohatsu sesshin (November 30 - December 8): Rohatsu sesshin marks Shakyamuni's awakening under the bodhi tree. On the final evening we sit until midnight and hold a brief chanting service. This is our longest and most intensive sesshin of the year. Registration has not yet opened, but mark your calendar and watch for updates. LEARN MORE
Looking ahead to 2023
In 2023 Sanshin Zen Community will celebrate its 20th year. It's also the time at which Abbot Shohaku Okumura will step into a founding teacher role and turn day-to-day leadership over to the current vice abbot, Hoko Karnegis. In addition to the usual practice events, the ango (practice period) this year will include several special activities that mark these important milestones in the life of Sanshin. You are welcome to participate. Please note that if you're coming from out of town you will need to manage your own travel and to find somewhere off campus to stay overnight; Sanshin does not have guest accommodations.
April 3: Ango begins
May 4 - 8: Okumura Roshi's final genzo-e: Bussho III (virtual)
May 31 - June 5: Sesshin with Hoko and Hosshin
June 17: Honsoku gyocha (formal tea and explanation of shuso's koan)
June 18: Hossenshiki (shuso's ceremony answering the sangha's dharma questions)
June 22: Okumura Roshi's 75th birthday
June 24: Morning: anniversary event, including launch of new Sanshin Network book on Shobogenzo Bodaisatta Shishobo; Afternoon: Okumura Roshi's stepping down ceremony
June 25: Hoko's stepping up ceremony
July 5 - 10: Precepts retreat and jukai-e with Hoko; ango ends
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