ABOUT​ CHISOKU-AN ZENDO

​​OUR ZENDO:
Chisoku-an Zendo is a Rinzai Zen practise centre located in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada which makes traditional Zen practise available to all

sincerely seeking it.  It is the home of a community of practitioners who have

joined together to support one another in Zen training and in the study of

traditional Zen art forms.  The Zendo offers a variety of programs and events

at its location in Lotus Therapies Yoga Studio, #2 – 119 Centre Street (Laneway entrance, visible from Co-op Marketplace).


OUR COMMUNITY:
Our community is committed to cultivating awakening and actualizing

insight through compassionate action which we practise by developing

a deep and intuitive understanding of boundlessness and

interconnectedness, by seeing through the illusion of separate

self-hood, by giving and receiving with no self and no other,

by attending to each moment with open hearts and minds and

by maintaining high ethical standards by interacting with all beings

carefully and in a manner which upholds the Precepts.


OUR PRACTISE:
Zazen practise and offering present-minded caring action in all our affairs is the heart of practise at Chisoku-an Zendo.  The following programmes are offered

year-round:


     Zazen:
     Monday evenings from 6:45 to 8:00 except for statutory holidays.
     Thursday mornings from 6:30 to 7:30 except for statutory holidays.
     Beginners instruction available on Monday evenings and

     through Introduction to Zen  Retreats.  

     Contact the Zendo for further information.

     Dharma Talks and Dharma Interviews:

     Are offered on alternate weeks. See calendar for further details. 

     Zazenakai:  
    One day intensive silent retreats offering Chanting, Zazen, Kinhin              

    (walking meditation), Dharma Talks, Dharma Interviews,

    Sarei (formal tea) and meals in traditional jihatsu form are held

    every other month.

     See calendar for further details. 

     Sesshin:

     Literally means to collect the Mind and is a time of seclusion

     devoted to intensive Zen practise.  

     Five day Sesshins are offered twice yearly offering Chanting,

     Zazen, Kinhin, Dharma Talks, Dharma Interviews, Sarei,

     meals in traditional jihatsu form and Samu (work practise).

     See calendar for further details. 

     Precept Study and Book Study:

     The last Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    O-Bon:

     A ceremony of remembrance and celebration of Deceased friends,

     family members and all Dharma Brothers and Sisters and is held each August.  

     See calendar for further details. 

     Zen Art Study:

     Kado (The Way of Flowers), Chado (The Way of Tea) and Shodo

     (The Way of the Brush) are practised by members of the Sangha. 

     Workshops  for  the study of these art forms are also offered 

     with the assistance and support of visiting teachers from the

     Saskatchewan Japanese Cultural Association to the community

     at large.  

     See calendar for further details.


   OUR FOUNDER AND SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR:

   Komyo Seido began Zen practise with Genjo Marinello Osho at

   Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen-ji in Seattle, Washington where she was

   later ordained.  Following ordination she continued her training

   with Eido Shimano Roshi at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji in

   Livingston Manor, New York until 2010.    While at Dai Bosatsu

   Zendo she also was able to study with Yamakawa Sogen Roshi,
   Abbott of Shogen-ji, when he attended at Dai Bosatsu Zendo

   as a guest teacher during  Sesshins. 

   While training at Dai Bai Zen Cho Bo Zen-ji in Seattle she began to

   study the Art of Tea at the East West Chanoyu Centre

   (Urasenke Seattle) and continues to share the Way

   of Tea through events sponsored and hosted by the

   Japanese Cultural Association in Saskatoon. 

   She has been a long-time student of Ikebana and continues

   to be a member of the Vancouver Branch of  Ikenobo Ikebana,

   studying under Mrs. Kimiko Hirose, Mrs. Martha Banno

   and  visiting Professors from Ikenobo Headquarters in Kyoto.


COME TO REST AND GO ON.

FINISH AND GO ON.

COME TO THE COLD AND LONELY PLACE AND GO ON.

HAVE ONE THOUGHT FOR TEN THOUSAND YEARS AND GO ON.

BECOME COLD ASHES AND A WITHERED TREE AND GO ON.

BECOME THE INCENSE BURNER IN AN ANCIENT SHRINE AND GO ON.

BECOME A STRIP OF WHITE SILK AND GO ON.

-Sekiso Keisho