Who We Are
Just as people are said to be known by the company they keep, so the Kintsugi Sangha may be known, in part, by the people and organizations with which it is affiliated. Each of these is directly related either to our founder and leader, Erich Moraine, or to the Kintsugi Sangha itself.
The Still Point Zen Center in Random Lake, Wisconsin is headed by Meru Danda Roshi, who ordained our leader, Erich Moraine. The purpose of the center is: “To provide a safe and sacred space, into which we welcome all people and encourage them to grow in spirit, by means of meditation practice.”
Hollow Bones Zen is an American Rinzai Zen School founded by Jun Po Roshi Denis Kelly. Hollow Bones practice provides a clear, open channel for awakening our body, mind, and spirit. Specifically tailored for contemporary Western culture, Mondo Zen™, the dharma teaching of Jun Po Roshi, is Zen stripped bare and separated from its Japanese cultural identity and updated for the 21st Century.
Both Erich Moraine and the Kintsugi Sangha itself are members of the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship Sangha. Many Unitarian Universalists are drawn to Buddhist religious practices as a way to ground the “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” that is one of the guiding principles of the UU tradition. Meditation, in particular, invites a direct, immediate experience of reality and provides a balance to purely intellectual inquiry.
Kintsugi Sangha represents a community outreach of the Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church (LCUUC)—which was founded in 1997 and opened the doors to its current home in Hartland, Wisconsin in 2006. Like all Unitarian Universalist congregations, LCUUC seeks to nurture the spirit of its congregants and help them put their faith into action through social justice work in their communities and the wider world.