A Toronto Zendo of The Sanbô Zen of Kamakura Japan

We are a small group, founded by Sister Elaine MacInnes, Roshi. It is a private zendo, but inquiries can be made by email to:

torontozendo(at)gmail(dot)com

Orientation, dokusan and teisho are offered during weekly sits, Zazenkai, and 5 day sesshin. The weekly sit is held on Tuesday evening, 5:30-7:30, in the church hall of St Pius X Church Catholic Church, 2305 Bloor St., near Runnymede Rd. (we also have groups that sit at other locations).



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Last update: March 18, 2017

Index


Notices Regarding Meetings, Zazankai and Sesshin


2017

  • Sesshin, March 14 - 19 - Scarboro Missions
  • Zazenkai, Saturday, April 8 - Scarboro Missions (**Moved to April 22**)
  • Zazenkai, Saturday, April 22 - Scarboro Missions (**CHANGED FROM April 8**)
  • NASZ, April 30 - May 5 - Scarboro Missions
  • North American Kenshukai, June 13 - 18 - Scarboro Missions **CANCELLED**
  • Zazenkai, Saturday, June 17 - Scarboro Missions **NEW**
  • Zazenkai, Saturday, September 16 - St. Pius X Church, 2305 Bloor St W (more details to follow)
  • Zazenkai, Saturday, October 21 - St. Pius X Church, 2305 Bloor St W (more details to follow)
  • Zazenkai, Saturday, November 11 - St. Pius X Church, 2305 Bloor St W (more details to follow)
  • Rohatsu, December 1 - 9 - Monastery of Mount Carmel, 7020 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario



Additional dates and further details for Sesshin and Zazenkai are being considered and will be posted here as soon as possible.


Monthly sitting schedule at Zendo West

First Tuesday of each month
5:30 - 6:00 - everyone sits
6:00 - 6:30 - Nenates gives a fresh new Teisho
6:30 - 7:30 - Nenates gives Dokusan

Second Tuesday of each month
5:30 - 7:30 - Silent Day - everyone sits - no Teisho and no Dokusan

Third Tuesday of each month
5:30 - 6:00 - everyone sits
6:00 - 6:30 - Stan reads a teaching from a master*
6:30 - 7:30 - Nenates gives Dokusan

Fourth Tuesday of each month
5:30 - 6:00 - everyone sits
6:00 - 7:15 - Nenates gives Dokusan
7:15 - closing - social tea and cookies

Fifth Tuesday of each month (should there be one..)
5:30 - 7:30 - Silent Day - everyone sits - no Teisho and no Dokusan

Note: On days when Nenates is not scheduled for Dokusan, anyone may, if the need is great, tap her and ask for a private meeting.

Also Note: On the third Tuesday of the month, every 3 or 4 months, Nenates will offer 'A Glimpse of Zen' in the Dokusan Room for interested and invited guests - taking about 45 minutes. (We will all be asked to invite someone we know who is interested in Zen to attend, and one or two of us will be asked to help with the presentation. We will also be asked to circulate a poster in advance of the event.)

*
Aitken Roshi's Mind of Clover
Shibiama Roshi's Mumenkan
Yamada Ryoun Roshi's Shoyoroku


Jiki and Zendo Prep Lists for March 7, 2017 to June 6, 2017

If your name is in the zendo preparation column, it means it is your task to

  • come no later than 5:00 p.m
  • open using method shown during your training
  • lead the room preparation so that everything is ready by 5:25
  • ensure the room and the dokusan rooms are put back as we found them

Whether you are scheduled to be jikijitsu or for zendo preparation, if you can’t make your week, it is your responsibility to arrange for someone to cover for you.

Everyone else’s responsibility is to come as early as possible to help with the set-up. If you are not on this list, it means that you can’t come early, which means that your responsibility is to stay afterwards to help put everything back in good order.

 

Month Date Jiki Zendo Prep
Mar. 2017 7 Stan Ofelia
  14 Sesshin Sesshin
  21 Anna Martin & Wojtek
  28 Jim Gjylena
Apr. 2017 4 Stan Ofelia
  11 Wojtek Wojtek
  18 Anna Stan
  25 Jim Martin
May 2016 2 Sesshin Sesshin
  9 Wojtek Wojtek
  16 Jim Gjylena
  23 Anna Stan
  30 Wojtek Martin
Jun. 2016 6 Jim Ofelia

 


Teisho and Reading Material for Sister Elaine's Zendos

Yamada Koun Roshi:

  • The Gateless Gate (latest edition by Wisdom Publishers)
  • Teisho on the Hekiganroku Koans (manuscript form so far)
  • Teisho on the Shoyoroku Koans (in process)
  • Shinjinmei (100 copies Oxford Zendo)
  • Shodoka (manuscript form)
  • Oxherding Pictures (manuscript form)
  • Hannya Shingyo Heart Sutra (in process)
Ruben Habito:
  • Living Zen, Loving God (2004) Wisdom Publications
  • Healing Breath (available from the Dallas Zendo)
  • Ti Sarana (50 copies Oxford Zendo)
  • Buddhism (?) (to come out this spring 2003 and published by Orbis)
  • Four Vows of the Bodhisattva (in process)


Robert Aitken:

  • Choosing the Path of Zen (Orientation Talks)
  • The Mind of Clover (Buddhist ethics covering some the last book in our koan study)
  • The Gateless Barrier (Teisho~zo on the Mumonkan)


Shibayama Zenkei Roshi:

  • The Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan
  • A Flower Doesn't Talk (or; A Flower Doesn't Speak?)


Compilations:

  • The Three Pillars of Zen (chosen by Koun Roshi & translated by his disciples) P. Kapleau
  • Besides Still Waters (Christians & Jews helped by Buddhism) Wisdom Publication
  • The Roaring Stream (a new Zen Reader) by Nelson Foster (Ecco Press 1996)


History of Zen: by Heinrick Dumoulin

  • Zen Buddhism; A History in 2 Volumes New York MacMillan Co 1988-1990
  • Zen Enlightenment; Origins and Meaning (New York Weatherhill 1979)
Also recommended:
  • Zen and the Art of Archery by Eugene Herrigel
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
  • No Boundary by Ken Wilbur


Other Titles:

  • Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit by Robert Kennedy, SJ
  • Zen and the Bible by Fr. J. Kakichi Kadowaki
  • The Practice of Zen Meditation by Hugo M. Enomiya-Lassalle


Sister Elaine MacInnes:

  • Light Sitting in Light (click here for the "missing pages 60 and 61")
  • Zen Contemplation: A Bridge of Living Water
  • The Flowing Bridge: Guidance on Beginning Zen Koans

Links, Contacts and Directions

  • Contact information for sangha members is available at torontozendo@yahoo.ca (available to sangha members only). Members may also email us to make changes to their contact information.
  • Visit Sister Elaine's Freeing Spirit Web Site (www.freeingspirit.com)
  • Ruben Habito's Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas Texas
  • Joan Rieck's Three Treasures of the Sandias in New Mexico
  • Roselyn Stone's Mountain Moon Sangha in Toronto
  • Home Page of the Sanbô Zen
  • Home Page of the Zen Center Philippines
  • Zen Buddhist Temple (You can buy your zafu from here)
    297 College Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5T 1S2
    Tel: 416-658-0137
  • Snow Lion (For purchases of zafus, meditation benches, etc.)
    708 Pape Avenue
    (across from Pape Subway)
    Toronto ON, M4K 3S7
    Tel: 416-461-1611
    www.snowlioncanada.com
  • Scarboro Missions
    (see transit info and map below)
    2685 Kingston Road
    Scarborough, ON
    M1M 1M4
    Tel: 416-261-7135
    www.scarboromissions.ca




Photograph Album

Sangha members in rohatsu sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, December 2016
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Sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, June 2016
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Sangha members in sesshin at NASZ.
Santa Fe, May 2016
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Sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, March 2016
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Sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, December 2015
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Sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, June 2015
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Brian Roshi, and Patrick Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, March 2015
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Sister Elaine Roshi, Brian Roshi, and Patrick Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, Dec 2014
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june sesshin 2014

Brian Roshi with Patrick Sensei and sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, June 2014
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nask 2014

Ryôun Yamada Roshi at the North American Sesshin of the Sanbô Kyôdan
Penticton, May, 2014
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Brian Roshi with Patrick Sensei, Nancy Sensi and sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, March 2014
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sesshin_december 2013

Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, December 2013

June sesshin 2013

Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, June 2013


Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, December 2012
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Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Durham North Carolina, July 2012
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Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, June 2012
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The North American Sesshin of the Sanbô Kyôdan - April/May 2012
Center for Spiritual Development, Orange, California
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Sister Elaine Roshi, and Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, February 2012
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Sister Elaine Roshi, and Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, December 2011
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Sister Elaine Roshi, and Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, June 2011
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Ryôun Yamada Roshi at the 5th North American Sesshin of the Sanbô Kyôdan
(NASK 2011) Toronto, April 30 - May 5, 2011
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Sister Elaine Roshi, and Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, February 2011
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Sister Elaine Roshi, and Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, November 2010
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Horisawa Somon and Sister Elaine Roshi celebrating the publication of the Japanese translation
of her book Light Sitting in Light with friends and sangha, Holy Rosary, July 2010
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Sister Elaine Roshi, and Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, June 2010
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The North American Sesshin of the Sanbô Kyôdan - May 2010
IHM Retreat Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Sister Elaine Roshi, and Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, February 2010
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Sister Elaine Roshi, Nenates Roshi, and Brian Sensei with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, December 2009.
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Marikina Zendo after Ondoy - Sept 2009



Sister Elaine Roshi and Nenates Roshi with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, June 2009



link to photo album for
The North American Sesshin of the Sanbô Kyôdan - May 2009
Mercy Center, San Francisco



Nenates Roshi with sangha members in sesshin.
Penticton Zen Center, November 2008
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Sister Elaine Roshi and Nenates Roshi with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions, October 2008.
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Thomasburg Sit, April, 2008
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Nenates Roshi with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions February, 2008.
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Sister Elaine Roshi and Nenates Roshi with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions October, 2007.



The North American Sesshin of the Sanbô Kyôdan - May, 2007
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Zendo set-up in Scarboro Missions Chapel for
The North American Sesshin of the Sanbô Kyôdan - May, 2007
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Sister Elaine Roshi and Nenates Roshi with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions June, 2006.


Nenates Roshi and Sister Elaine Roshi with sangha members in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions February, 2006.


Nenates Roshi and Sister Elaine Roshi with sangha members and orientation students in sesshin.
Scarboro Missions December, 2005.


Nenates Roshi and Sister Elaine Roshi with sitters in sesshin at Scarboro Missions in Toronto.
October, 2005




Images taken at the special sit at Holy Rosary on July 17, 2005


Sister Elaine MacInnes


Nenates Roshi with sitters in sesshin at Scarboro Missions in Toronto.
March, 2005


Sister Elaine MacInnes


Sister Elaine's Zendo in England


Yamada Koun Roshi


Sister Elaine with sitters in sesshin at Scarboro Missions in Toronto, Winter, 2002.