Calendar

Jul
29
Fri
2016
Daily Meditation
Jul 29 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Block Sitting Meditation, chant the Heart Sutra in English

Evening Service and Meditation
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Block Sitting Meditation, chant the Heart Sutra in English

Jul
30
Sat
2016
Sesshin
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Last Saturday of the Month, All-Day Sit (Sesshin) 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Scheduled sitting and walking meditation, private interviews (dokusan) with Sokuzan, and a Dharma talk
Suggested donation is $30.00 *

See our Monthly Sesshin Schedule for details.

Lodging is also available at the temple for the all-day sit or for extended retreat practice.
Suggested donation is $35.00 per night *

If you would like meditation instruction please contact Sokuzan.

* Donations are suggested to support the environment to offer the teachings. It also helps support the prison work and other projects. SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible. Please help us help others. Thank you.

Sesshin: Month’s End All-Day Sitting
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Morning Segment

Interview Protocol: Interviews with Sokuzan may begin in the morning. Please sign up on the whiteboard hanging in the kitchen. If you cannot stay for the entire sesshin and wish to have an interview, please note the time you will be leaving next to your name so arrangements can be made to accommodate your schedule.

Aside from the Morning Service, the morning segment will be Block Sitting. This means that there will be no gongs or scheduled walking meditation for this “block” of time. You may sit the entire period (not required) or, if you feel you need to, you can also do walking meditation on your own (slow kinhin style). Please feel free to use the restroom or get water or tea as needed and return to your cushion.

9:00 AM – Sitting (Chant Morning Service)
12:00 Noon – Lunch at A Taste of India – 215 W. Michigan Ave. Battle Creek (each diner pays for own meal)

Afternoon Segment
(Interviews with Sokuzan continue).

1:15 PM – Samu (Work) Session – (Gather in Zendo to bow in and receive work assignments)
2:45 PM – Break
3:00 PM – Sitting
3:30 PM – Walking
3:40 PM – Sitting
4:10 PM – Tea Break
4:30 PM – Sokuzan’s talk
5:30 PM – Supper at local restaurant (each diner pays for own meal)

Evening Segment
(Interviews with Sokuzan continue).

7:00 PM – Sitting (Chant Heart Sutra in English)
7:30 PM – Walking
7:40 PM – Sitting
8:10 PM – Walking
8:20 PM – Sitting
9:00 PM – Closing chants and final gong

(Try to enter when walking meditation is occurring if you can, but you may come and go as your own schedule permits).

Jul
31
Sun
2016
Sunday Service
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

A traditional Soto Zen service, with chanting of the Heart Sutra, Daihi Shin Darani, Hokyo Zanmai, Gojushichi Butsu, a brief meditation, and a Dharma talk given by Sokuzan.

Aug
1
Mon
2016
Daily Service
Aug 1 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Morning Service

Samu: Daily Work
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Daily work period or samu.

Footsteps: Book Study
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Footsteps Dharma study group. Currently studying the Majjhima Nikaya: The Middle-Length Discourses (of the Buddha).

Daily Meditation
Aug 1 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Block Sitting Meditation, chant the Heart Sutra in English

Evening Meditation
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Footsteps: Book Study
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
2
Tue
2016
Daily Service
Aug 2 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Morning Service

Samu: Daily Work
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Daily work period or samu.

Footsteps: Book Study
Aug 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Footsteps Dharma study group. Currently studying the Majjhima Nikaya: The Middle-Length Discourses (of the Buddha).

Daily Meditation
Aug 2 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Block Sitting Meditation, chant the Heart Sutra in English

Evening Meditation
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Footsteps: Book Study
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
3
Wed
2016
Daily Service
Aug 3 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Morning Service

Samu: Daily Work
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Daily work period or samu.

Footsteps: Book Study
Aug 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Footsteps Dharma study group. Currently studying the Majjhima Nikaya: The Middle-Length Discourses (of the Buddha).

Daily Meditation
Aug 3 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Block Sitting Meditation, chant the Heart Sutra in English

Wednesday Service
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sitting and walking meditation followed by Dharma talk

Aug
4
Thu
2016
Daily Service
Aug 4 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Morning Service

Samu: Daily Work
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Daily work period or samu.

Footsteps: Book Study
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Footsteps Dharma study group. Currently studying the Majjhima Nikaya: The Middle-Length Discourses (of the Buddha).

Daily Meditation
Aug 4 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Block Sitting Meditation, chant the Heart Sutra in English

Evening Service and Meditation
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Block Sitting Meditation, chant the Heart Sutra in English

Aug
5
Fri
2016
Daily Service
Aug 5 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Morning Service

Samu: Daily Work
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Daily work period or samu.

Footsteps: Book Study
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Footsteps Dharma study group. Currently studying the Majjhima Nikaya: The Middle-Length Discourses (of the Buddha).