Sanshin Zen Community

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Sanshin Zen Community is a Soto Zen sangha in Bloomington, IN founded by Shohaku Okumura.[1]


Founded in 1996,[1] the temple name Sanshinji (三心寺 sanshin-ji?) literally means "temple of the three minds". This refer to the "three minds" cultivated in Zen practice: magnanimous mind, parental mind, and joyful mind. The sangha follows a modified monastic schedule[2] with a retreat each month.[1] Sanshin is one of the few Zen communities offering a sesshin ('without toys') in the style of Uchiyama-roshi, featuring 14 hours of zazen per day with no ceremonies, work, or Dharma talks. Okumura also offers regular Genzo-e retreats devoted to studying one of the fascicles of Dōgen Zenji's Shōbōgenzō;[1] he also travels to give them at other prominent North American Zen Centers.[1] Since the founding of Sanshin-ji, Okumura has ordained multiple students as priests, some of whom have gone on to found their own temples and monasteries elsewhere. For example, Okumura's student Densho Quintero had founded the Comunidad Soto Zen de Colombia in Bogotá in 1989, while Shoryu Bradley founded the Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery in Arkansas in 2011.


The style of practice at this zendo follows the lineage of Kosho Uchiyama-roshi[3] and his teacher, Kodo Sawaki-roshi,[3] who founded Antaiji temple,[3] and greatly simplified the Soto Zen forms used there.

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Welcome to Sanshin Zen Community". Sanshin Zen Community. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Daily Schedule". Sanshin Zen Community. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Our Lineage". Sanshin Zen Community. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 

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