The Madison Sangha meets at Sophia Zen Temple.
– On the 2nd Wednesday of the month we meet from 6:30 to 8:30 CT.
– On the 3rd Tuesday we meet from 6 to 8pm CT.
The Southeast Regional Sangha meets at Todatsu Temple in Brookfield on one Saturday or Sunday of the month. This includes a pot luck meal.
Online Sangha at Ekō Temple via Zoom sits Zazen at 7:30am CT, Monday through Friday, gathers for monthly Zazen, Dharma talk and dialog on the 4th Sunday of each month at 9:30am CT. Dates for the first half of 2023 are January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30, May 28, and June 25.
Also offered online are Full Moon Ceremonies at 6:45pm CT on the Thursday closest to the Full Moon. Dates for the first half of 2023 are January 5, February 2, March 9, April 6, May 4, and June 1.
Practice days and weekend sesshins are offered regularly for all members. One might ask what a practice day or a sesshin is.
- Practice Day
A practice day is a time set aside to come together as sangha/community and together review our practice and renew our aspirations and intentions. This includes time for zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), chanting, and dharma dialog.
The Japanese word sesshin means to touch the heart-mind, and that is our intention during our Zen retreats or sesshins. In Zen, we practice as a group – sometimes online – for these retreats and support one another through our practice together.
Upcoming events and our calendar can be found here. For information about participating in online or in-person meetings, practice days, retreats, and other offerings, please email Hokyo Ellen Swan.