The Single Flower Sangha is a Zen Buddhist community engaged in the conscious exploration of the human journey.
Under the guidance of Zen Master Bomun (George Bowman), students are invited to examine the truth of their life and actualize their understanding in how they live day to day. Believing that each human being has the wisdom within him or herself to come to full aliveness, full awareness, Zen Master Bomun acts as a guide, companion, coach and support to encourage each one to full realization.
"What is the purpose of my life? Do I know what it is that's most important to me? Do I know what I'd die for? What it is that's most important or vital or alive or true for me that I would happily give up my life for it? Self-nature manifests itself in the aliveness of the moment. It manifests itself as rocks and trees, as plants and automobiles, as friends and squirrels and fish, as one thing after another. Buddha said it most wonderfully when he attained enlightenment. He said, "How fantastic. How wonderful. How miraculous. One by one, each thing has it. One by one, each thing is perfectly complete."
Our practice and study is to realize and actualize this in our everyday life.
Our "floating zendo" is bound together by George's frequent visits and sesshins, which tend to take place in the homes of sangha members. We also use the telephone to participate in group study inquiries and to engage George one-on-one in dharma instruction, koan introspection, and Zen life coaching.
More information about each option can be found on the "Practice and Study" page.