“A Meditation Primer” now available on Kindle

“This small book of talks arose because there seemed to be a need to express and repeat what shikantaza, or just basically sitting, is all about. It is meant to reinforce, repeat, and help you dig a nice deep groove—in the awareness of how to do this, in the recipe of how to do this, in the protocol of how to do this. Just simply sit and observe.”

Coming from over forty years of study, practice, and teaching, Sokuzan introduces the simple discipline of the sitting practice of meditation. Whether you are new to shikantaza or have meditated for some time, the basic ‘recipe’ at the back of the book, the seventeen short meditation instructions, and the notes from his two talks, “Meditation Doesn’t Work,” Sokuzan’s approach can help inspire you in creating or continuing a daily meditation practice.

A soft cover printed book is also available.

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

Half-way Measures

Sokuzan speaks about awareness and how to strengthen it by trying to focus on the space between the beginning of an action and the apparent ending of an action.

What is there to talk about?

Sokuzan speaks on a topic inspired by an email from a student. If we don’t have opinions or positions, if we don’t accept, reject or ignore, what is there to talk about?

Dogen: The Mark of Realization

Sokuzan speaks on questions that arose during daily book study of Dogen’s Shobogenzo.