Photo Gallery

Our two newest Jukai recipients are, on the left, Maureen Hogetsu (Dharma Moon) and, second from the right, Mark Taizen (Gradually Advancing Calm). Also pictured from left to right are Kathryn Joshin (Constant Heart), Marti Miao-Hsiang (Subtle Characteristics), Sangetsu (Mountain Moon) Sensei, and Carmen.
Sangha members enjoying dinner at local restaurant Sukho Thai after a Red Rose Sangha zazenkai held on February 27, 2016.
On September 28, 2014, four members of the Red Rose Sangha were recognized for meditating for one hour a day for 108 days with a 108 bead ceremony led by Sensei Ed Sangetsu Sullivan.
Ed Sangetsu Sullivan with teachers shortly after his Sensei installation ceremony on June 21, 2014. From left, Senseis Barbara Craig, Shuzen Harris, Ed Sullivan, Roshi Genro Gauntt, and Bruce Blackman.
The Red Rose Sangha with Sensei Ed Sangetsu Sullivan for the first time, Sunday, July 21, 2014.
The Red Rose Sangha held a potluck picnic in celebration of Ed Sangetsu Sullivan's installation on July 13, 2014. Shown here Ken and Ed and Judy Sullivan with Ed's celebratory cake.
Sangetsu means "Mountain Moon," as is illustrated here. Great cake!
On Saturday March 16, 2013, in Haverford PA, five members of the Red Rose Sangha, nine members of the Zen Community of Baltimore/Clare Sangha (ZCB), and the Baltimore Dharma Group took Buddhist precepts in the White Plum lineage of Zen. Sensei Bruce Seiryu Blackman, spiritual director of ZCB, served as preceptor. Two guest teachers in the White Plum lineage - Sensei Jules Shuzen Harris from Soto Zen Center and Roshi Grover Genro Gauntt from the Hudson River Zen Center - also joined us for the day long retreat.

The Dharma names given to the Red Rose preceptees, shown above, are:

Ken - "Getsugen" Hazy Moon
Diana - "Kogetsu" Moon-Light

David - "Jikan" Silent Compassionate One

John - "Sankei" Mountain Form

Carolyn - "Koshin" Shining Heart Mind

This culminated an almost three year process of Precept text study, sewing a rakusu ( a bib-like garment symbolizing ancient Buddhist robes), completing a kechimyaku (a lineage chart tracing back through the teachers in our particular lineage all the way back to the historical Buddha), and meditation practice.

On Sunday, February 20, 2011, we were joined by a special guest, Rev. John Plum-Hermit Swanger, who gave a Dharma talk on Home. Ordained this past Summer as a priest at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, Rev. Swanger is originally from Lancaster.

The Red Rose Sangha hosted the Rev. Eric Daishin McCabe, Associate Pastor of Mt. Equity Zendo, for the Sangha’s fourth annual Day of Silence (Zazenkai) on Saturday, August 13, 2011.

On Friday, August 12, 2011, Rev.Eric Daishin McCabe attended an evening gathering hosted by Sangha members. The evening's highpoint was watching Daishin as he carefully inscribed in Kanji characters the following gatha on the Sangha's newly made han ( a wooden board struck by a mallet to announce the beginning of a zazen period):

Let me respectfully remind you,

Life and death are of supreme importance.

Time passes by swiftly and opportunity is lost.

Each of us should strive to awaken.

Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life.

Sangha and friends, the winter of 2010, at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
On Saturday May 8, 2010, Red Rose Sangha members participated in a Day of Silence (Zazenkai) lead by Eric Daishin McCabe, Associate Pastor of Mt. Equity Zendo. Zazenkai consists of alternating periods of zazen, kinhin, and Dharma talks. Zazenkai participants are shown here with Pastor Eric Daishin McCabe.
A summer sesshin organized by the Zen Community of Baltimore Clare Sangha was held at the O'Dwyer Retreat House near Baltimore, July 9-15, 2010. Seated below are individuals who took part in the Bead Ceremony in recognition of having sat zazen for one hour over 108 continuous days. Red Rose Sangha members Ken (far left) and John (far right) took part in the bead ceremony. Kathryn Joshin (not in picture) and dharma holder Ed Sangetsu Sullivan (standing on right) are other members of Red Rose Sangha who have completed the "108." Center standing is Sensei Bruce Blackman, Spiritual Director of ZCB, and, to his right, Carole Andrews, Head Monk of ZCB.
The Red Rose Sangha "108 Gang." From left, John, dharma holder Ed Sangetsu Sullivan, Kathryn Joshin, and Ken.
A Jukai ceremony in Baltimore during the summer of 2009 in which three members of Red Rose Sangha took the precepts. The recipients are shown here kneeling in their new rakusus: from left to right, EvAnn Seido, Seido means "Clear Way"; Kathryn Joshin , Joshin means "Diligent Student" or "Constant Heart"; Ed Sangetsu Sullivan, Sangetsu means "Mountain Moon. In the background, from left to right, are Dharma Holder Gry Esho Gambert (Gry taught how to sew the rakusus); Sensei Bruce Seiryu Blackman, Spiritual Director of ZCB; Carole Andrews, ZCB's Head Monk; Clay Alberty, ZCB's Jikido; and Kevin LeVey of ZCB. Standing to the right of Ed is the Preceptor, Sensei Rev. Kodo Boyd.
Members of Red Rose Sangha posing with Sensei Todd Fry (second row, middle), a friend of our sangha and a teacher in the Urasenke School of Tea. Sensei Todd, owner of Gessha Japanese Tea House, presented lessons in the tea ceremony for the Red Rose Sangha in June 2009.
Sensei Todd Fry performs tea ceremony.