Roshi Zenku Jerry Smyers leading meditation (above) prior to Sakura-ji’s renaming

Roshi Zenku Jerry Smyers leading meditation (above) prior to Sakura-ji’s renaming

Creston zendo name changed to Sakura-ji in Zen ceremony

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On May 9, Roshi Zenku Jerry Smyers, a Soto Zen priest, conducted the ancient ceremony for renaming a Zen temple. The Creston Zen Centre, now an affiliate of the Silent Thunder Zen Order, changed it’s name to Sakura-ji (Cherry Blossom Temple).

Smyers led a mini-retreat the previous evening, and then led meditation prior to the renaming ceremony.

—SAKURA-JI