Mountains and Rivers

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Mountains and rivers (Sansuikyo in Japanese) was written by Dogen in the 13th century and can be found in the Shobogenzo. Sokuzan discusses this and his process.

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Sokuzan to give lecture with Q&A, sign books

Sokuzan, Abbot of SokukoJi Zen Buddhist Temple Monastery, will give a lecture called “Why Meditate?” at Battle Creek Books Friday, October 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Question and Answer session will follow. Sokuzan will also be available to sign copies of his book “A Meditation Primer.”

For more information, visit or call 269-441-BOOK.

Jukai Ceremonies

Senshu offers incense during her Jukai ceremony
Senshu offers incense during her Jukai ceremony

Ashley Mannion-Woodward and Justin Ardnt received the sixteen precepts from Sokuzan during their Jukai ceremonies on January 11, 2015. It is a symbol of deeper commitment to the path- Sokuzan calls it “glue”.

Prior to the ceremony, the student hand stitches a Rakusu, with the guidance of Sewing Teachers Unyo and Seiko Sensei. The Rakusu resembles a bib, andrepresents the Buddha’s Robe. With each stitch, the student recites thethreerefuges: “I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Dharma, I takerefuge in the Sangha.” Upon receiving Jukai, the student was given back their Rakusu, now with their Dharma/Bodhisattva names handwritten by Sokuzan on the white silk facing. 

Shoka recites the sixteen precepts during his Jukai ceremony
Shoka recites the sixteen precepts during his Jukai ceremony

Ashley was given the Dharma name, Senshu, meaning Hidden Treasure,Secret Pearl. Justin received the Dharma name, Shoka, meaning Bright Water, Crystal River. They also received a Ketchimyaku, handwritten by Sokuzan, which lists the bloodline of all ancestors back to the Buddha. Senshu and Shoka function as Practice Residents at SokukoJi Buddhist Temple/Monastery.

See the photo album on our Facebook page for more pictures.