Sanshin Zen Community is an authorized Buddhist temple in the Soto Zen tradition. It exists to enable practice in the style of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi: zazen (meditation), deep study of Dogen Zenji’s teachings, and commitment to beneficial action. These three elements--zazen, study and work—are the foundation of Sanshin’s practice vision and calendar of activities.
New practitioners are welcome and orientation is provided. Please see the New to Sanshin? page of our website at https://www.sanshinji.org/new-to-sanshin.html
Sanshin was founded in 1996 by Shohaku Okumura, a Soto Zen priest and respected translator of the thirteenth-century Japanese Zen master, Eihei Dogen Zenji. We're based at Shobozan Sanshinji 正法山 三心寺 in Bloomington, IN, where we offer opportunities for daily practice, weekly dharma talks, sesshin and retreats, and a three-month ango (practice period). Activities are open to anyone with a sincere interest in the practice of Soto Zen. We're largely a lay sangha, with most regular activities happening on weekday and Sunday mornings as well as occasional evenings in order to accommodate lives of work and family.