Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Temple Programs
The practice: Simple, flexible, adaptable, strong traditional Hakuin/Torei Rinzai Zen style, primarily an urban lay practice.
The Sangha: Inclusive community based on trust, respect, and ethical behavior flowing from the precepts.
Simple facilities: modest with Zendo central.
The instruction: clear, direct, strong.
The organization: financially sound, depth of experience.
Community work: prison and hospice work, and participation in other community support activities.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Over the last year our temple property received a complete make over, including new windows, painting, new back steps, new back fence and major improvements to our garden front and back. The back garden has become a local attraction and functions as a small park for the North Beacon Hill Community. Rev. Genko Kathy Blackman continues with her prison outreach to King County Jail and Monroe Reformatory. Rev. Genjo Marinello has become active in the Zen Peacemakers organization and attended the Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz/Birkenau. He has also done prison outreach to the Walla Walla Penitentiary, worked with the Seattle Chaplin Support Group to the Occupy Movement, and has been recently active with the Faith Action Network to promote stronger gun control legislation. This coming year we hope to complete further property improvements and expand our Zen residential practice program.