Madison, Wisconsin based Midwest Soto Zen Community (MSZC) provides instruction and workshops on Zen Buddhism in a collaborative, non-hierarchical format, a method uniquely suitable to the lifestyle of the lay practitioner.
MSZC follows the Soto Zen form of practice placing special emphasis on the Zen attributes of spiritual autonomy and equality within a harmonious community. Principles of dialogue and discussion are used to guide activities.
Participation in scheduled events is open to any interested individual. There are no membership fees. Events are funded on a pay-as-you-go basis and because there are no buildings or other overhead, expenses for retreats, talks, and other events can be held to a minimum.
The Madison Group of the MSZC refers to itself as the Stray Dog Sangha.
Creed of the Stray Dog Sangha
Stray Dogs are:
Their own alpha.
At home wherever they are.
Happy alone or running with the pack.
Above all else they value their freedom.
“Stray = kodo, Japanese for “homeless” as in “home leaver," one who consciously takes to the Path.