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Salt Spring Zen Circle

Salt Spring Zen Circle
133 Natalie Lane
Salt Spring Island, BC
V8K 2C6


Meeting address: 210 Cedar Lane, Salt Spring Island

Resident teacher: Eihei Peter Levitt (layman)

Contact: Judy Daylen 250-537-2062 or Simon Rompre at 250-537-1721

Lineage: Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Practices: Chanting sutras, commentary study, discussion groups, meditation, physical labour, precepts/ordination, prostrations, retreats
Meditation: Breaths (counting), just sitting (shikantaza), walking, zazen
Scheduled Public Activities: Weekly zazen/service/dharma talk. Monthly day of practice, monthly study group. Biannual sesshin. Annual practice period – Ango (Peaceful Dwelling). Rohatsu.

Other activities and initiatives: We are a grass roots, rural lay sangha, rooted in the teachings and practices taught by Eihei Dogen (1200-1253). Our sanhga was among those who helped to develop the first Women’s Ancestral Lineage Paper, acknowledging and honouring women Buddhist ancestors throughout history, which was authorized by the SZBA – the Soto Zen Buddhist Association – in 2010. As far as we know, at our 2007 jukai ceremony (16 Bodhisattva Precepts Lay Ordination), our preliminary version of this lineage paper was given along with the traditional male kechimyaku (lineage paper) at a jukai for the first time.

International Buddhist Affiliations: Everyday Zen, Lay Zen Teachers Association (LZTA)

Languages: English

Updated: March 2022