108-Day Meditation Challenge Meditate every day starting Apr. 26. We support each other in the commitment to meditate and reflect on one of the 108 dharma gates. All are welcome. * The goal is primarily to strengthen our meditation practice, and build our concentration-power (samadhi, joriki). In accord with the theme of the intensive, we meditate with all of ourselves, the dark and the light. * The basic agreement is to meditate every day for 108 days. The traditional practice is one hour per day. If you can do this, that’s great, but if that is not possible, then commit to what you can do. The key is consistency, and to build ones practice. * You can break your daily meditation into two or more periods. * Walking meditation can be included. * A couple missed days are acceptable, although it is preferable to squeeze in at least some minutes of practice on those days. * If for some reason you are not able to succeed fully with these commitments, we encourage you to keep going nonetheless and do your best for the entire 108 says, since the main goal is to support ones practice and build joriki (self-power). At the end, we will honor everyone who has undertaken the journey.
Spring Training Term April 27 – July 22 Sakuraji Retreats April 27 – 29 Warm up Retreat for Spring 2018 training term May 24 – 27 Midterm Retreat July 18 – 22 Spring 2018 Closing Retreat
Fall Training Term October 19 – December 21 Sakuraji Retreats October 19 – 21 Warm-up Retreat for Fall 2018 Training Term November 15 – 18 Midterm Retreat December 16 – 21 Fall 2018 Closing Retreat Out of town Retreats May 13 – 20 Dayton, Montana: Priest training and sesshin. July 10 – 16 Atlanta,Georgia: Silent Thunder Order Precepts Retreat and AGM July 27 – Aug 2 Johnson's Landing Retreat Centre: Opening the Lotus: Meditation, Yoga, Writing Practice August 21 – 26 Cabin on Kootenay Lake near Riondel: Hermitage Zen & Poetry Retreat September 18 – 23 Mt. Tremper in Upper NY State: Soto Zen Buddhist Association Meeting. September 26 – 30 Dayton, Montana: Sesshin.
Kuya Minogue Kuya is resident priest at Sakuraji. She is a member of the Silent Thunder Order and Sakuraji is an affiliate of that order. She has been studying Soto Zen since 1986 She has completed a practice period at Green Gulch Farm with Tenshin Reb Anderson as the guiding teacher.
Mission Mountain Zen Group Retreats Led by Zenku, Jerry Smyers
Zenku Jerry Smyers is Kuya's teacher and Vice Abbot of the Silent Thunder Order. He is a Soto Zen Priest in the Lineages of Soyu Matsuoka Roshi and Shohaku Okumura Roshi. Zenku began his training as a disciple of Kongo Langlois Roshi, Abbot of the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago and a dharma heir of Matsuoka Roshi, in 1976. Zenku trained at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago and was ordained a Zen Priest in 1982. Zenku was a Priest in Chicago until 2005, assisting Kongo Roshi until his passing in 1999, and then providing Temple leadership.In 2005, Zenku moved to Montana and established the Mission Mountain Zen Group in Dayton Montana. In 2010 Zenku became a disciple of Taiun Elliston Roshi, Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, and a dharma heir of Matsuoka Roshi and Okumura Roshi from the Uchiyama Lineage. In 2012, Zenku received dharma transmission from Taiun Roshi. Zenku is a member of Soto Zen Buddhist Association.