Red Rose Sangha Mission Statement

The Red Rose Sangha commits to manifesting Zen Buddhism in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This commitment is demonstrated in several ways. First, we present the Dharma teachings of the Buddha and our Zen Ancestors during weekly Sunday services, retreats, and sutra studies. Second, our sangha engages in regular community engagement projects, especially those aimed at serving local homeless people. Third, for more experienced practitioners, we offer several methods of zazen meditation instruction beyond breath awareness, including koan contemplation and shikantaza. Finally, both priest and liturgical training programs are available for qualified candidates.

As a member of the Zen Peacemakers International Organization, we agree to abide by its Three Tenets of Not-knowing, Bearing Witness, and Loving Action. In doing so, we recognize the Buddhanature inherent in all sentient and non-sentient beings.

We honor diversity by welcoming all people of all backgrounds and beliefs–regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religion–and providing a safe community to pursue their spiritual journey.

Through meditation, study, and community engagement, we strive to cultivate a mindful and compassionate sangha rooted in the principles of Zen Buddhism.