Rev. Daigaku Rumme, leader of Confluence Zen Center in St. Louis, MO will visit us in November.
Rev. Rummé was born in Mason City, Iowa in 1950.
He was ordained a Soto priest by Sekkei Harada
Roshi in 1978. For more than twenty-seven years, he practiced under Sekkei Harada Roshi at Hosshin-ji Monastery in Fukui, Japan. From 2003, through 2010 he served as Director of the Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office and Head Priest of Zenshuji Soto Temple in Los Angeles. In April 2015, he resigned from his position in Los Angeles and moved to St. Louis where he heads Confluence Zen Center.
Rev. Rumme is the translator of the Essence of Zen and, with Heiko Narrog, Unfathomable Depths, both by Sekkei Harada Roshi, and published byWisdom Publications.
Sewing Okesa (Buddha’s robe) is a Soto tradition. We are currently sewing a 25-jo (row) kesa for Rev. Munnich to be worn for her Shinsanshiki (Mountain Seat Ceremony) in the Fall of 2019. This is a long-term project and needs many hands to insure that the robe is completed in time for the ceremony. If you are interested in leaning about the kesa sewing tradition or just like hand sewing join us on most Saturday afternoons anytime after lunch. The Okesa sewing group will not meet during sesshin or when there are other events scheduled so please be sure to check the calendar. Also, if you are sewing a rakusu in preparation for taking the precepts (you don’t have to be taking them at Great Tree) and need some bring your rakusu and your questions to one of these session and we are happy…