History 1985

The Dharma Spreads (1985 to 1989)

In early 1985, the Marikina zendo is formally inaugurated with Cardinal Sin officiating.  Sesshin are now held regularly in the Marikina zendo and more kensho experiences are confirmed.

With a donation from Sr. Pia Gyger, Mother Superior of the Swiss Catholic institution St. Catherine Werke, the final installment for the house and lot is paid just in time for the deadline.

During this period, the zendo publishes two books, Teaching Zen to Christians by Sister Elaine and Total Liberation: Zen Spirituality and the Social Dimension by Ruben Habito, first as a twin boxed set and later as a two-in-one single volume.

Sr. Elaine is assigned by her order to work in Cagayan de Oro. She tries to start a sitting group there but it does not flourish. She also begins teaching zen to the Singapore community.

Yamada Koun Roshi visits the Philippines for the last time in 1987. He does not give sesshin but holds zazenkai, dokusan and gives a dharma talk at the Marikina zendo.

The Marikina property is renovated with a new wing; the ground floor housing the zendo and the second floor, a dormitory. Fr. Arevalo, S.J. officiates at the new wing’s blessing. A regular weeknight sit starts at the Facilities Center, the first of the extension zendo in Metro Manila.