Sokuzan Teaching at Several Venues in Traverse City October 12-16, 2016

enso_monk_600Sokuzan has been invited to teach during several events for the Northern Michigan College Mindfulness Initiative, facilitated by Kristy McDonald who is a student of Sokuzan’s.  See the schedule of events here.

During the visit, Sokuzan will give the Wednesday Evening Dharma talk on October 12  and Sunday Morning Dharma talk on October 16 Dharma from Traverse City.  If you are interested in attending the talk, contact Kozan, or you can see them as a live stream on SokukoJi’s Youtube channel.

On Saturday October 15 2016, SokukoJi Buddhist Community-Traverse City will host an adult meditation retreat from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Pathways Preschool. Sokuzan will give meditation instruction and a Dharma talk.  Lunch is provided. Fee is $40.00. To register contact Jigme Dan Fuller dan@pathwayspreschool.com, or ph/text to 414-469-7304.   At 4:00pm Kristy McDonald will have her jukai ceremony (receiving the refuge vows and sixteen precepts).  You are welcome to attend

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 May 28th 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.

“Looking Into Dark Places” December 1-8 2015 Sesshin

Great Practice Opportunity! 

Join us for SokukoJi’s annual Ango and Rohatsu Sesshin: “Looking Into Dark Places” December 1-8 2015. 

"Awareness is a Cowboy" by Sokuzan
“Awareness is a Cowboy” by Sokuzan

It was going to be a full house but two people who’ve registered are now unable to come, so we still have openings for residential practice during this retreat. If you don’t require lodging, you may register for just daytime practices. Sokuzan will give Dharma talks each day and is available for personal interviews to discuss your practice.  For more details, visit our retreats page or contact Kozan

Register Now for the Traverse City Michigan Retreat

There is still room to register for the Traverse City, Michigan meditation retreat “What Should I Do? Sokuzan Talks about Consensus Reality” Friday April 17th-Saturday April 18th.  See the announcement/registration page for details. If you are interested, please contact Kozan.  (April 18th is Sokuzan’s birthday so please come and help us celebrate!)

Also Sokuzan will be giving a public talk on Monday April 20th 7:00pm to 9:00pm: “Meditation: Mundane or Spiritual?” at Kirkbride Hall in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City. This is also known as “The Chapel” in the renovated historic state hospital buildings.   Suggested donation is $10.00.

Activism Without a Reference Point

Activism Without a Reference Point 3/15/15 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

This Dharma talk arose out of Q and A during Sokuzan’s visit to Traverse City, Michigan in March 2015. Many of the questions that came up were about social activism. Sokuzan encourages us to use the practice of meditation to help us see that taking action does not necessarily require taking a position. (Our camera battery died out before the end of the talk but most of it is here! )

Sokuzan will visit Traverse City again to lead us in the meditation retreat April 17th and 18th: “What Should I Do?” Sokuzan Talks about Consensus Reality. For more information, refer to the announcement/registration page