A Toronto Zendo of The Sanbô Kyôdan 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, 1, 3 and 5 day sesshin. The weekly sit is held on Tuesday evening, 5:30-7:30, at The Holy Rosary Parish Hall, 356 St. Clair Avenue West, next door to Loblaws and the entrance to St. Clair West subway station at Bathurst Street.


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Last update: June 29, 2014

Index


Notices Regarding Meetings, Zazankai and Sesshin


2014

  • Zazenkai: July 12
  • Zazenkai: September 20
  • Zazenkai: October 18
  • Zazenkai: November 15
  • Sesshin: December 2-7

2015

  • Saturday, January 10 (zazenkai)
  • Saturday, February 7 (zazenkai)
  • Tuesday - Sunday, March 17-22 (sesshin)
  • Saturday, April 11 (zazenkai)
  • *** NASK - May 1-6 (Ottawa) (sesshin)***
  • Saturday, May 23 (zazenkai)
  • Thursday - Sunday, June 11-14 (sesshin)
  • Saturday, July 11 (zazenkai)
  • Saturday, September 19 (zazenkai)
  • Saturday, October 17 (zazenkai)
  • Saturday, November 14 (zazenkai)
  • Tuesday - Sunday, December 8-13 (sesshin)

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


Jiki and Zendo Prep Lists for January 7, to July 29, 2104

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

  • come no later than 5:00 p.m
  • bring flowers for the altar and for each dokusan room
  • pick up the keys (usually #1 and #7) from Holy Rosary, and return them later
  • 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 and Flowers
January 7 Stan Nancy
  14 Paul Ron
  21 Wojtek Roger
  28 Anna Carolyn
February 4 Jim Dana
  11 David Cora
  18 Stan Kathryn
  25 Racheli Nancy
March 4 Paul Roger
  25 Wojtek Carolyn
April 1 Anna Dana
  8 Jim Cora
  15 David Kathryn
  22 Racheli Nancy
  29 Stan Ron
May 6 Paul Roger
  13 Wojtek Carolyn
  20 Anna Dana
  27 Jim Cora
June 3 David Kathryn
  10 Racheli Nancy
  17 Paul Ron
July 1 No Sit Canada Day
Holy Rosary Closed
  8 Wojtek Carolyn
  15 Anna Dana
  22 Jim Cora
  29 David Kathryn

 


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 KYÔDAN
  • 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

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.