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.
Spring Training Term
April 27, 28, 29
Warm-up for the training term
In this retreat we will sit a somewhat relaxed schedule, do samu (work meditation) in the morning and have a yoga class in the afternoon
Friday, April 27
7:00 pm zazen, kinhin, zazen
8:10 Encouragement talk
Saturday, April 28 (full moon)
7:00 am zazen, kinhin, zazen
8:10 morning service
8:25 temple clean-up
8:40 breakfast (in zendo)
11:30 zazen, kinhin, zazen
12:40 pm lunch and rest
2:15 yoga class
3:30 formal tea
3:50 Dharma talk – Introduction to Koan Practice & Dogen’s 300 Koans
4:05 Midday Service
4:20 zazen, kinhin, zazen
5:30 short break
7:00 zazen, kinhin, zazen
8:10 Full Moon Ceremony – affirming precepts for training term
Sunday, April 29
7:00 am zazen, kinhin, zazen
7:45 morning service
9:00 retreat closing ceremony
Resident Priest's Travel Plans
May 13 – 20 Dayton Montana for priest training and sesshin.
July 10 – 16 Atlanta for Silent Thunder Order Precepts Retreat and AGM
July 27 – Aug 2 Opening the Lotus: Meditation, Yoga, Writing Practice Retreat at Johnson’s Landing Retreat Centre.
August 21 – 26 Hermitage Retreat at cabin on Kootenay Lake near Riondel
September 18 – 23 Mt. Tremper in Upper NY State Soto Zen Buddhist Association Meeting.
September 26 – 30 Dayton Montana – Sesshin.
Spring 2018 Training Term
April 26 - July 22
Invitation to Join
Spring Training Term is modeled on the traditional Ango, which means, “peaceful dwelling. I t is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism and traces its history Shakyamuni Buddha and the early sangha. Each year, as the monsoon rains began, the community would gather together. This enabled everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through intensified practice and study of the teachings.
There is room for two students to join Sakuraji’s training term for either the entire time, or for part of the time, as residential students. During the training term, Sakuraji residents intensify their daily practice by fully participating in all sittings, classes and retreats. Local sangha members take up the challenge by increasing their involvement with Sakuraji’s practice schedule & study program, and by increasing their practice at home. Long distance students can also join the training term by joining in on the teleconference discussions, the Skyped Zazenkai which are led by my teacher, Zenku, by increasing their home practice and maintaining weekly contact with me via email. If I can figure out the technology, it may also be possible to join Sakuraji’s classes and retreats via teleconference and/or Skype.
I want to invite you to this opportunity to deepen your practice. If you are interested in joining the Spring 2018 training term, please respond with an email that outlines your intentions for Zen training this spring. The options are listed below (please choose at least 3).
Options for Participation
Commitment to intensified sitting practiced. (Please be specific)
Commitment to study opportunities. Ie: Tuesday class; Dogen study, dharma gate study, online teleconference with STO sangha. (Please be specific.)
Commitment to residential and/or distance participation in retreats. Ie (Sakuraji retreats; Dayton retreats.)
Please respond to this invitation as soon as possible.