About

Stone River Sangha is a Zen practice community with a focus on awakening to this Great Heart/Mind that is the root of all, and its manifest activity as every moment of our lives. We are a small group of practitioners who meet each week in a members home, to sit zazen together, to study together, and to practice together. All who are interested in serious Zen practice are welcome.

We offer instruction in sussokan (breath meditation), koan introspection and shikantaza. One-on-One meditation interviews with the teacher are available for regular participants. We conduct frequent zazenkai’s (all day zazen) which are an opportunity to deepen our practice through sustained zazen.

Our guiding teacher at Stone River Sangha is Desmond Gando Gilna. Desmond is a Zen priest and began his Zen practice over 30 years ago. He spent 13 years in residential Zen monastic training both in Japan and the US, studying with Harada Tangen Roshi at Bukkoku-ji in Japan and John Daido Loori Roshi at Zen Mountain Monastery. He completed formal koan training with his teacher James Myoun Ford Roshi who has authorized him to work with practitioners through the complete Harada-Yasutani koan curriculum.

Please contact us to find out our address and to see when our next meeting is. If it is your very first time coming to a Zen group and you are unfamiliar with Zen meditation/zazen please let us know so that you can have an introduction to zazen.