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 Battlecreek Michigan; with the temple and community facilities in the primary building and additional residential facilities in another. We offer daily public sitting and services. See our schedule for more information.
The SokukoJi sangha is under the guidance of head teacher Kyoun Sokuzan Bob Brown, a transmitted priest in the Soto school of Japanese Zen Buddhism. Originally inspired by Chogyam Trumpa 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, volunteer work in MDOC prisons, but also extends its support 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:
- 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 Community is a not for profit organization. Your donation to SokukoJi is tax deductible.