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November is: FOUNDERS' MONTH

HURRAY It is Falmouth Zen’s FOUNDERS Month (13th year)

November is Founder’s Month as we celebrate the life and teaching of Soyu Zengaku Matsuoka-roshi, on the 13th anniversary of the founding of the Silent Thunder Order (STO). Established by his student Taiun Elliston-roshi, Abbot of the Silent Thunder Order and the Atlanta Soto Zen Center. This year marks the 83rd Anniversary of Matsuoka-roshi coming to America and the 74rd Anniversary of his founding of the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago and the 46 years since Elliston-roshi founded the Atlanta Soto Zen Center. It is also the month Sangaku Dan Joslyn founded The Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha in 2010.

Wow…so a great deal to celebrate. Our calendar for the month follows but first some BREAKING-NEWS

What better way to cap-off the month than with a

Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha : CAP

YES, you too may receive one if you make a donation of $50 or more! We ask once a year in celebration of our ancestors, for a $50 donation (you may give any amount you wish) where we share a portion of these proceeds with the Silent Thunder Order and Hojo Elliston-Roshi

(there will be a small mailing fee to ship to a mailing address)

Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha Monthly Calendar NOVEMBER 2023

Dokusan with Sangaku-sensei by appointment

Remember Each Morning Zazen (30 min. then talk) on Zoom from 6:30-7:25 AM/ET

(We sit 45 minutes on Saturday then chat for 15 minutes)

Tuesday Night Service 7:00-8:30 PM/EDT (FTF and ZOOM)

Second Saturday each Month Face-to-Face (Only) 7:30-9:00 AM

First Congregational Church 68 Main St. Falmouth Church Parlor

Founders Month: Founding of STO, FSZS and

the Birth and Parinirvana Month of Zengaku Matsuoka-Roshi


November 7: Zenku Jerry Smyers-Sensei:

Matsuoka-Roshi, Kongo-Roshi, and Elliston-Roshi

November 11: Zazenkai First Congregational Church 7:30 AM/ET-Noon (Zoom Available)

November 14: Moku-Rai

November 15: Sensei Joslyn Speaks at Mission Mountain Zen (Zoom) 8:00 PM ET

November 18: Jukai of Alex Kinsella at

The First Congregational Church (Noon/ET)

Zoom available for Service

November 21: Kyusoku

November 28: Thanksgiving, Indigenous People?

108 Bows for your interest in our teachings and the Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha

Unshin Sangaku Dan Joslyn-sensi

Founder and Guiding Teacher


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