Roshi Receives Inka

Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi, spiritual director of GPZC, and several of her fellow teachers, recently received Inka Shomei ("Legitimate Seal of Clearly Furnished Proof"). Myoyu Roshi received Shiho from Maezumi Roshi in 1995, giving her permission to teach in our Soto lineage which comes through Hakujun Kuroda Roshi. This Inka ceremony grants final approval in our Rinzai lineage through Musa Koryu Roshi, another one of Maezumi Roshi's teachers.

Dennis Genpo Merzel, Roshi, President of the White Plum Asanga, wrote, "I am very pleased to announce that on April 30th, Jan Chozen Bays, Nicolee Jikyo McMahon, Charles Tenshin Fletcher, and Susan Myoyu Andersen received Inka from me at the White Plum meeting held at Shishin and Shinko's lovely new Zendo. It was wonderful to be a part of Maezumi Roshi's great effort and dream."

The White Plum meeting was hosted by Shishin Roshi and Shinko Sensei at the Great Mountain Zen Center in Lafeyette, Colorado. The lineage, which has been growing nicely, now has a total of 53 teachers who have received transmission from Maezumi Roshi or his successors.

Congratulations to all!

May Newsletter

The May newsletter is now available in PDF format. This issue contains information on retreats and workshops through July, as well as our Ango Commitment form. Ango literally means "peaceful dwelling," and this year will last from May 1 through August 6th. Ango is a time to deepen our commitment to practice--to attend retreats and other activities, offer dana, study the precepts, or simply to commit to a regular weekly schedule of zazen. To complete your form and to read about other Center activities, just click here.

New Introduction to Zen Practice Workshops!

If you are new to Zen or to the Great Plains Zen Center, please think about attending one of our Introduction to Zen Practice Workshops. Workshops run for three hours on a Saturday and are followed by an optional lunch. To find out more, go to our workshops page.

Pay Membership Dues Online

A new feature recently added to our evolving website is the ability to pay monthly membership dues online. Membership dues are essential for the ongoing work of the Great Plains Zen Center, and we hope that this convenient means of payment will help you support the Center regularly each month. To pay your dues with a credit or debit card, just go to the membership page.

New Website Features

We're pleased to announce that as of December 31, 2005, anyone with a credit or debit card can make online donations to the Great Plains Zen Center. Just click the "Dana (Giving)" link in the left-hand column.

We're also happy to report that it is now possible to register online for sesshins, zazenkai, and other events. Just go to our calendar page, and you will see information on how to do it. For those of you who still wish to register by snail mail, that too is possible by printing our mail-in registration form right off the site.

We hope you find these new features helpful as we enter a new year of practice together.

New web site!

Welcome to the new GPZC web site! This site has been re-developed from scratch using the Drupal content management system. This makes administration considerably easier and opens the door for some improvements that have been a long time coming. We expect to be able to provide considerably richer content and a much more community-oriented site, and we're very excited about the possibilities.

Please let us know if you have any problems or requests.