About SokukoJi


SokukoJi is a Japanese name which translates to “Temple of Immediate Light.”

SokukoJi traces is origins to a dharma study group in 1975 and officially became SokukoJi in 2007. Our campus is in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan, with the temple and community facilities in the primary building and additional residential facilities in another. We offer daily sitting meditation and services. See our Calendar page for more information.

SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery is under the guidance of head teacher, Kyoun Sokuzan, a transmitted priest in the Soto school of Japanese Zen Buddhism. Originally inspired by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and scholar, Sokuzan eventually became a student of Kobun Chino Roshi whom Sokuzan met in 1990.

As a spiritual meditation community, SokukoJi works to support the community. SokukoJi is particularly active in working with people in drug rehabilitation centers and volunteer work in Michigan Department of Corrections prisons but also extends its support to whomever needs it regardless of background or religious affiliation. Our guiding principles are mutual respect, appreciation, and cooperation.


We endeavor to create and maintain a space for people to practice meditation, and study the Buddhist teachings. We also:

  • Conduct weekly meditation and study periods
  • Facilitate group retreats
  • Host seminars on meditation and the arts
  • Hold traditional Soto Zen style sesshins
  • Host an annual Ango meditation retreat practice
  • Host solitary meditation retreats

We offer daily individual practice, interviews with Sokuzan, guidance, and encouragement in your spiritual practice.


SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery
33 Anderson Ct.
Battle Creek, MI 49017

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