CREATING & CULTIVATION A ZEN PRACTICE COMMUNITY/SANGHA
Sangha is the third of the 3 Treasures of Buddhism:
“The purpose and power of a Zen practice community, Sangha, rests in the sacred nature of friendship. Zen wayfarers nurture friendship as the very intimate embodiment of Zen. Friendship has four dynamic energies — commitment, openness, acceptance, and care. We respectfully extend and practice these actions with one another as the expression of salvation, healing, liberation, and love that bring us together and support our efforts in the world. This is the vessel that sails us through the storms.” – Roshi Paul Genki Kahn
Fall 2023 Ango Dates: July 30 – October 29, 2023
Head Trainee: Dharma Holder John Mitsudo Mancuso
Ango begins with an Entry Ceremony on July 30 and ends with the Fall Sesshin in October. (The Fall sesshin is not included in the Ango fee). If you intend to attend the Ango AND the Sesshin, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org your Ango fee will be waived.
Time(s): Full Day Zazenkai (extended practice period) held in person at Ancient Oaks in Savannah, GA, Dharma River in Winona, MN, Eido-Ji in Germany and online for participants in other locations
Ango Entry- July 30 – 9:00am – 10am ET
1st Fall Ango 1-Day Retreat: Sunday, July 30, 10:00am – 3:00pm (bring your own lunch)
2nd Fall Ango 1-Day Retreat: Sunday, August 27, 9:00am to 3:00pm (bring your own lunch)
3rd Fall Ango 1-Day Retreat: Sunday, September 24, 9:00am to 3:00pm (bring your own lunch)
$75.00 Ango fee includes all actitivites including the three Zazenkais
To join this extended training period to commit on your own terms to increasing your practice efforts. Please review the Zen Garland Order Core Practices and see where you would like to increase your efforts. We will have an online and in person entry ceremony on Sunday, July 30 at 9am ET. We will read our commitments to one another at that time.
Creating & Cultivating a Zen Practice Community
Commitments to Core Practices: The idea in establishing your commitments is to set realistic goals to help strengthen and deepen your personal practice, which allows you the chance to experience how your practice interweaves with your everyday life.
The 8 Zen Garland Order Core Practices
• Various forms of Zen meditation
• An ongoing mentor relationship with a Zen Garland Teacher
• Zen psychological practices
• Study of Buddhist texts, history and philosophy
• Embodiment practices for the development of body-mind consciousness
• Developing an Interactive Relationship with the Natural World
• Liturgy and ceremony
• Commitment to service projects
* You are welcome to attend any of the zazenkais without participating in the other aspects of Ango.
Please follow this link to make a one time donation of $75 for your Ango participation:
Interested in other Zen Garland Order courses, workshops, and retreats?
We have in-person (when appropriate), online, and on-demand offerings for sangha members and others.