enso by Omori Sogen

right here, right now

Zen helps us to dissolve negative habits of body and mind, live with clarity, and be of service to all beings.

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Practice

Standing

We do a brief warm-up and spend about 10 minutes in standing meditation forms (zhan zhuang). These standing forms are excellent for getting us out of our heads and into our bodies, discovering our posture, and getting our ki flowing.

Sitting

We then do two 25-minute periods of zazen, or seated meditation, with a short walking meditation (kinhin) in-between. Beginners will receive instructions in correct posture and body usage, belly breathing (fukushiki kokyu) and unified breath counting (sussokukan).

Chanting

We end each session with about 10 minutes of practice with breathing and mantric vibration by chanting okyo (sutras and dharanis), followed by three full bows.

Digital Sutra Book (for mobile)

Printable DIY Sutra Book (PDF)

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Instructor

Genryo Jones

Genryo Jones Osho was lucky enough to get a taste of traditional Rinzai Zen training in Japan in the late nineties, at Sogenji monastery with Shodo Harada Roshi, where he was ordained and trained for three and a half years. Recently, he has become a student of Meido Moore Roshi, abbot of Korinji in Wisconsin, and found a flavor of zen strikingly similar to what he experienced in Japan. His hope is to help make this flavor of Rinzai Zen training available locally for anyone with whom it might resonate, as it did for him. Iron City Rinzai is affiliated with the Korinji Rinzai Zen Community.

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Join us

Practice sessions are held on Sunday mornings from 9 to 10:30am in room 205, upstairs at the Wilkins School Community Center in Pittsburgh. Newcomers are always welcome and instruction will be provided. For your first visit, please come 20-30 minutes early to allow for one-on-one instruction, if possible. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or to let us know you’re coming using the form below.

Wilkins School Community Center

7604 Charleston Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
USA

Send Us a Message

There is no fee required to participate, but a $5 donation per session is suggested to help defray the cost of renting our space ($150/month) paid to the WSCC. You can Venmo @ironcityrinzai (5532) directly or use the button below for Venmo, PayPal or credit card.

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News

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Iron City Rinzai is a Zen practice group in Pittsburgh. We will soon be meeting in person at the Wil

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The schedule for the upcoming Spring/Summer ango at Korinji ... See MoreSee Less

The schedule for the upcoming Spring/Summer ango at Korinji
2 months ago
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This is a great talk and Q&A where Meido Moore Roshi makes some very important points about unified breath counting (sussokukan), it’s relation to koan work and other practices, as well as integration into daily life. I’d highly recommend it, especially for anyone who has received instruction with us at ICR as he makes clear many points we’ve touched on as they’ve come up on Sundays. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago
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I’ve been enjoying reading “Sun at Midnight”, poems and letters of Muso Soseki (1275-1351). He was a designer of Zen gardens and founded several temples including Tenryuji where he was the first abbot. Really amazing! ... See MoreSee Less

I’ve been enjoying reading “Sun at Midnight”, poems and letters of Muso Soseki (1275-1351). He was a designer of Zen gardens and founded several temples including Tenryuji where he was the first abbot. Really amazing!Image attachment
2 months ago
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A great opportunity for a first experience of a longer retreat, coming up soon!An ideal way to enter the path of practice. Join us! ... See MoreSee Less

A great opportunity for a first experience of a longer retreat, coming up soon!
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