Unyo Priscilla Brown to receive ordination

Unyo sews her monk's robe, or okesa.Zen student Unyo Priscilla Brown puts the finishing touches on her hand-sewn okesa, or monk’s robe. With each stitch, the student recites the three refuges: “I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Dharma, I take refuge in the Sangha.”

Unyo sews her okesa
The okesa, or monk’s robe, is sewn by hand. With each stitch, one recites the Triple Jewel: “I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Dharma, I take refuge in the Sangha.”

Brown will receive ordination in a ceremony at SokukoJi Saturday May 31, at 3:00 p.m

“A Meditation Primer” now available

A new book on shikantaza meditation written by Sokuzan is now available at The Temple Store.

“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.”

Photo of Sokuzan's new book, "A Meditation Primer."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.

Purchase your copy today over on the new website store page, The Temple Store.