Statement of Grief and Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples of Canada

Posted on Jun 1, 2021

Thousand Harbours Zen (THZ) joins in mourning for the 215 children who were discovered in an unmarked mass grave on the site of the Kamloops Residential School. Our hearts are with the survivors, their families, and communities across Turtle Island as they grieve this unimaginable loss.

A New Beginning

Posted on Sep 1, 2020

Since before coming to Halifax in 2013, it's been my dream to build a temple here, something with walls and a roof and a daily practice. So when I went to Japan a few years ago and visited one of my teachers, Daiken Yoshitani-roshi (abbot of Myōhonji in Isayaha, Nagasaki), I asked him to help with a temple name. After we talked about our community and Nova Scotia for a while, he offered up Sensōji (千湊寺): the sen means a thousand, or infinite; sō means harbour, but it also means "to gather"; and ji is temple. So it's a thousand harbours, an infinite gathering. I've carried this around ever since, wondering if we might one day have that sign on the door.