Sesshin All-Day Sit and Kozan’s Ordination; Nov. 29 and 30

Please join us on Saturday for our last Saturday of the month all-day meditation and Dharma talks, private interviews with Sokuzan will be available. 9:00am – 9:00pm, $35 suggested donation; $6 for meal or dine at local restaurant.

Sunday morning service, followed by a Dharma talk by Sokuzan; 10:00am – 11:30am.

Kozan will be ordained on Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. A short reception will follow. All are welcome!

Zen and Tantra

Zen and Tantra 7/6/14 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

In this Dharma talk, Sokuzan contrasts the practices of Zen and Tantra as ways of approaching the teachings of the Buddha.

Chiezan Receives Full Ordination

Chiezan in his jubon
Chiezan in his jubon at the start of the ordination ceremony

Kyle Tomczyk moved into SokukoJi Buddhist Temple/Monastery in May of 2012.  A year later he received Jukai, or layprecepts from Sokuzan and was given the Dharma name Hoyuji Chiezan.  On Sunday, October 26th Chiezan received full ordination in the Soto Zen lineage of Japan.  He functions as the Ino (the head monk) at SokukoJi Temple/Monastery.

Unyo helps Chiezan with his robes
Unyo helps Chiezan with his robes
Kozan assists Sokuzan in performing the tonsure, or hair cutting which is a sign of devotion or humility
Kozan assists Sokuzan in performing the tonsure, or hair cutting which is a sign of devotion or humility
Sokuzan and Unyo help with the Okesa
Sokuzan and Unyo help with the Okesa
Chiezan hugs his mom after the ceremony
Chiezan hugs his mom after the ceremony

Esoteric and Non Esoteric Teachings 8/10/14

Esoteric and Non Esoteric Teachings 8/10/14 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

In this Dharma talk, Sokuzan uses lines from the Jewel Mirror Samadhi to distinguish esoteric and non esoteric teachings and answers questions to show how both are helpful on the path of Awakening.

The Issue of Believing Thoughts

The Issue of Believing Thoughts 9/14/14 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

In this Dharma talk, Sokuzan uses the concept of The Three Natures as a support in working with mind as it jumps to conclusions in the form of beliefs.