Our Community: The Two Arrows Zen Sangha
The Three Treasures of our practice are The Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. The Two Arrows Zen Sangha is the combination of two teachers and two groups of students with the same intention - to practice and awaken as by innumerable ancestors.
Two Arrows Zen members who study with Musho Roshi are called the Dragon Heart Sangha. Musho Roshi’s teaching and practice is traditional Soto Zen, as transmitted to her by Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi. Her practice is informed by her earlier study in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She is also influenced by the work of Ken Wilber. Musho Roshi uses many contemporary skillful means (upayas) such as voice dialogue – Big Mind Big Heart, training in communication and relational skills, and focused, small-group inquiry in her teaching.
Two Arrows Zen members who study with Mugaku Roshi are known as the Steelyard Sangha. His teaching is traditional Soto Zen, and he often taps into the scientific study of neurobiology and psychology of mindfulness and meditation. He has cultivated a scholar’s knowledge of the history of Buddhism, especially the foundation of Zen in the West as established by Japanese Zen masters. And like Musho Roshi he is profoundly committed to awakening his students through teaching and example.
Together as the Two Arrows Zen Sangha, Dragon Heart and Steelyard Sangha practitioners are a worldwide community of practice located in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. They sit zazen in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah, and online in Virtual Zendos in three time zones. They come to talks and programs at Artspace Zendo in Salt Lake City, and travel to the Torrey Zendo for Sesshins and an extended practice period (Ango) in the summer. Many also participate in online Zen Study and Practice offered throughout the year by both Musho and Mugaku Roshi.
We invite you to explore this website to get to know Two Arrows Zen, and to join in the public programming in Salt Lake City, Torrey, and online to connect with the Two Arrows Zen Sangha.