Last Saturday of the Month All Day Sesshin

Sokuzan giving a dharma talk
Sokuzan giving a dharma talk

Join us for the last Saturday of the month all day sesshin at SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery, this month on Saturday April 30th from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.  See sesshin schedule for details.  There will be a potluck style lunch in the community room, so please bring a dish to pass if possible.  Supper will be oryoki style (a traditional three bowl Japanese style meal) in the zendo, with instruction provided.

getting ready for oryoki in the zendo
getting ready for oryoki in the zendo

Sokuzan will give meditation instruction, a dharma talk, and be available for private interviews (Dokusan). Suggested donation is $40.00 for the day, which includes lunch and supper. Additional dana for our teacher is appreciated.  Overnight accommodations may be available. Beginners are welcome. To rsvp or for questions, contact Chiezan.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – “The Firekeeper and The Hearth”

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Unyo reads “Bendowa” from Dogan’s book Shobogenzo. Sokuzan explains further and answers questions.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – “The Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha”

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The Three Jewels are the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.  This is a structure used pretty much universally in Buddhism. By taking refuge in these is a change from the material world. Sokuzan’s talk discusses these jewels further.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – “Talking To Non-Meditators” – by Sokuzan

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People sometimes ask what they should say to others about their practice. Sokuzan usually tells them not to talk about it or advertise. This talk teaches why one shouldn’t and limiting the speech if you must.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 – “Open Interview” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan and Shoka have an open interview followed by questions from the Sangha.