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January 27, 2016


Shindo Gita Gayatri is Our New Shuso

This morning, Wednesday, January 27, Shindo Gita Gayatri accepted the invitation to be the shuso (head student) for the Winter 2016 practice period led by her teacher, Ryushin Paul Haller, at City Center. The benji (shuso’s attendant) will be Juan Angel.


Here she is, in her robes, in the City Center courtyard. She gives her first dharma talk this evening at City Center, 7:30 pm.


The benji (shuso’s attendant) for the practice period is Juan Angel, a long-time resident of the temple. He’ll be helping her with bathroom cleaning, setting up the many “shuso teas” with the people attending the practice period, and carrying fragrance for her when she gives talks and perform ceremonies. The benji’s job is to support the shuso. He will be her ally and helper during this demanding and joyful time.

Shindo bangalore 2015

Shindo recently returned to the city from India, her country of birth here she is in Bangalore last year.

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  1. Lee Lipp
    Jan 27 2016

    Congratulations Gita! And how lovely that Juan Angel will be assisting you as Benji. Illness keeps me from attending tonight and I will listen to all of your talks as soon as they are posted on SFZC’s Dharma Talk list. Love, Lee

  2. Jan 27 2016

    Gita, congratulations on being shuso! How wonderful for you to be back in California! I am now far away in Wisconsin, but part of my heart is still there! Love, Reirin

  3. Elizabeth
    Jan 27 2016

    Congratulations! I love the photo of the two of you together!

  4. Yasi Payandehjoo
    Feb 9 2016

    Muchas Felicidades!!!! Sending you lots of love and hope to see you before you return to India <3

  5. Jun 8 2016

    It’s awesome…


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