“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

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 battlecreekbooks.com or call 269-441-BOOK.

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

Sokuzan Visits Traverse City Michigan Spring 2015

Sokuzan and Unyo will be visiting Traverse City  Michigan March 13-17, 2015 and again April 17-21, 2015.

The main intention of the March visit is to support the SokukoJi Buddhist Community-North sangha with Sokuzan as our guiding teacher. We will have retreat at Kozan’s house Saturday March 14 from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  Sokuzan will teach on how to study Buddhist texts. Lunch is provided. We are asking for at least $25.00 to cover travel and food costs. We have room for three more people. If you are interested, contact Kozan

On Sunday March 15th 5:00pm to 7:00pm Sokuzan will give a Dharma talk for the Traverse City Mindfulness Meditation Group at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Traverse City.  The theme of the talk will arise out of questions from the participants…so bring on your questions! “The harder the better” as Sokuzan likes to say.

During the visit, Unyo, who teaches sewing rakusus and okesas at SokukoJi, will help Kozan make meditation cushions for local community practice. If you would like to help, let Kozan or Unyo know!

On Friday April 17-Saturday April 18th we will have 2 full days of retreat for the Traverse City Mindfulness Meditation Group at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation with the theme “What Should I do?” Sokuzan Talks about Consensual Reality.  Tuition for each day is $40.00 which includes meals. We will have more details soon. To reserve a spot contact Kozan

On Sunday April 19th Sokuzan will give a Dharma talk at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Traverse City that continues with the theme of the weekend from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

On the eve of Monday April 20th we are working finding a venue in town for a public talk on meditation practice. If anyone has ideas about potential venues, will you share them?

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