Great Sky Sesshin

We're pleased to announce that Myoyu will once again be one of six teachers at the annual Great Sky Sesshin at Hokyoji in rural Minnesota.

The other teachers this year will be Dokai Georgesen of Hokyoji, Tonen O'Connor of Milwaukee Zen Center, Zuiko Redding from Cedar Rapids Zen Center, Rosan Yoshida from Missouri Zen Center and Brad Warner of the Dogen Sangha.

This sesshin is a wonderful chance to connect with the larger Zen community in the Midwest and to practice with a somewhat larger group in a beautiful rural location.

Sesshin will run from August 8 - 15. For more information and to register, please visit Hokyoji or see the registration document (PDF).

Quarterly Newsletter for May - July

Our May, 2009 newsletter is now available. It contains information on upcoming events, including the Midwest Buddhist Council's International Buddhism Festival in June, and our sesshin calendar through August.

Quarterly Newsletter for February - April

Our February, 2009 newsletter is now available. It contains information on upcoming sesshin and other events, as well as a number of changes to our weekly schedule. Please note that we will now have zazen four days a week at Myoshinji, as well as monthly Practice Circles with zazen, a talk and an informal discussion.

Winter break

There will be no sitting in Palatine or at Myoshinji from December 20 through January 3, to allow members to spend time with family during the holidays. Activities resume with a special service and teisho on Sunday, January 4 in Palatine.

Our New Year's service will include the chanting of the Heart Sutra, followed by a teisho on the topic of atonement. Please join us!

Quarterly Newsletter for November - January

Our November, 2008 newsletter is now available. It contains information on upcoming sesshin and other events.

Intro Workshop Date Change

Please note that we've changed the date of the August Introductory Workshop at Myoshinji from August 23 to August 30. We apologize for the inconvenience.

August Newsletter

Our August, 2008 newsletter is now available. It contains information on upcoming sesshin and other events.

May Newsletter and Summer Ango

Our May, 2008 newsletter is now available. It contains information on upcoming sesshin and summer ango practice periods.

Change in Weekly Schedule

Effective next Saturday, March 15, the weekly meditation at Myoshinji in Monroe, Wisconsin will be on Saturdays from 9:00-11:00 am, instead of Sunday mornings. The change was made to better accommodate the schedules of those who wish to participate. Each Saturday, there will be 2 periods of zazen and a short talk.

Please note that on Saturday, March 15, the Six Paramitas workshop will be taking place, from 9:00-5:00. You are more than welcome to attend, and the regular weekly schedule will resume the following weekend.

Six Paramitas Workshop

3/14/2008, 7:30pm - 3/16/2008, 9:00am at Myoshinji

The two equinoxes are the times of the year when the sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west and all places on earth experience exactly 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. In the Japanese Buddhist tradition, the week of the Autumnal Equinox is called Prajna week. This time is dedicated to the study of the Buddhist teaching of the Six Paramitas or Six Perfections. We will observe this tradition around the time of the Vernal Equinox by offering a weekend workshop on the Six Paramitas at Myoshinji, in Monroe, Wisconsin. The workshop begins at 7:30 PM on Friday and finishes on Sunday morning. The workshop consists of zazen (meditation), talks and guided meditations, with vegetarian meals provided. Those who are unable to stay for the entire weekend are invited to attend on Saturday only.

$25