Manju Usra Bill Frackelton
Manju Bill Frackelton died peacefully with his family and friend at his side on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at 4:42 p.m.
Manju Usra Bill Frackelton began Rinzai Zen Buddhist practice in 1993. He took lay practitioner vows with Jun Po Kando Kelly in 1998 and was ordained as a lay priest in the Hollow Bones Order in 2003. Manju was a military veteran, social worker and prison chaplain. In addition to the Zen River Sangha practice community, he was active in supporting formerly incarcerated persons in their successful return to our community. He is loved and dearly missed by his sangha.
ZEN RIVER SANGHA
ANNOUNCEMENT: Beginning April 6, we are moving our weekday services to WEDNESDAY nights.
Zen River Sangha offers practice opportunities on Saturday mornings and Wednesday nights. We do request that all who wish to attend in person
are fully vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated or are uncomfortable attending in person, we have made
the commitment to continue providing the hybrid online/in person services through Zoom.
Zen River Sangha follows the Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhist tradition and is affiliated with the Hollow Bones Rinzai Order. Practicing in Appleton, Wisconsin, this sangha gives instruction in Zen Buddhist philosophy and practice.
We offer weekly practice on Wednesdays and Saturdays, which includes a sutra service, zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), daisan (private interview with a teacher), and a dharma talk.
This sangha strives to bring into being a harmonious and loving world through the practice of meditative, compassionate awareness and mindful stewardship.
Additionally, we endeavor to create a community of purposeful inclusion and mutual respect that comes together for the purpose of meditation, dharma study, and the support of a practicing sangha. To these ends, we welcome all beings of all ages, educational and socioeconomic statuses, political perspectives, racial and cultural identities and backgrounds, nationalities, gender identities and expressions, sexual and affectional orientations, religious beliefs and backgrounds, marital statuses, family structures, ex offender statuses, and mental and physical health and ability.
Join us in awakening our hearts and minds.