Sakura-ji is a lay practice centre where anyone who wants to explore Zen training or Zen Writing Practice can do so. We have a regular weekly schedule, weekend and week long retreats, residential retreats and opportunities for individual retreats. Our Mission goes beyond formal Zen training in that we also host Yoga Classes and Qigong classes. All teachers and professionals associated with Sakura-ji share a mission to offer services and courses that enhance the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of Kootenay residents.
Priest in Residence
Kuya Minogue will be in residence until Fall 2017, when she and her partner, Rita, are taking a two-month tour across Canada to visit Zen Centres along the way. She will be running a full zendo schedule that includes daily sittings, classes and retreats.
There will a spring Practice Period at Sakuraji in 2017. Participation in the training term involves committment to a regular sitting schedule, attendance at the Tuesday class, and attendance at one weekend and one weeklong retreat. Modified retreat participation is possible for local students who work at jobs.
2017 Weekly Schedule
6:00 am Zazen, Lotus Sutra, dharma conversation based in Blue Cliff Record
7:15 pm Zazen and Class (Lotus Sutra Study)
8:00 am Zazen, Lotus Sutra, dharma conversation Blue Cliff Record
4:30 pm Fukazazengi, zazen, kinhin, zazen
7:00 pm Lohan with Jason
6:00 am Zazen, Lotus Sutra, dharma discussion based Blue Cliff Record.
8:30 am Zazen, Lotus Sutra, dharma discussion based on Blue Cliff Record.
4:30 pm: Podcast Yoga with Melissa
8:00 am Zazen, Lotus Sutra, dharma discussion based on Blue Cliff Record
Please note that this schedule does not apply when there is a weekend or and/or week long retreat.
2017 Retreat Schedule
Fall Term Opening Retreat
October 13 - 15
November 10 - 12
Term Closing Retreat
December 6 - 10
Term Closing Retreat
For more information see Retreat Page.
Fall 2017 Training Term
October 9 - December 10
Sakuraji's training term gives serious Zen students an opportunity to sustain sustained committment to a reasonable schedule of Zen practice. Students commit to sitting once daily for five days a week, to attending one weekend retreat and one weeklong retreat and to studying a Zen text chosen by the Training Term leader - in this case, Kuya Minogue. For the Fall 2017 Practice Period we will be studying The Lotus Sutra, a basic teaching in the Mahayana Zen tradition.
This can be a residential retreat. At Sakuraji we have room for 2 residential students, but most students live and work in the Creston community and develop training term guidelines that suit their work and family demands. It is also possible to join this training term as an online distance student.
There is also a possibility of doing this retreat on an online basis. For more information about how that works, please contact Kuya.
If you want to commit to nine weeks of intensive Zen practice, contact Kuya at 250-428-6500 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .