Valentine’s Day Live Online Dharma Talk

Sokuzan is offering an online live-streamed meditation and Dharma talk on relationships on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14th at 5:00 pm EST (earlier than the program’s usual time of 8:00 pm). The talk will be available online until Sunday evening. To sign up, follow this link:

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.

From the Beginning, Not One Thing Is

In the Beginning, Not One Thing Is 11/12/14 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

In this Dharma talk, Sokuzan uses an ancient Zen teaching to encourage looking deeply into assumptions of what is

More Live Online Teachings, Register Now!

Back by Popular demand: More live online teachings!  Sokuzan was invited back to join several other dharma teachers for the three month online program presented by The Open Heart Project: “The Daily Dharma Gathering” with live meditation sessions Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:00pm EST from January 20-April 20. Please refer to the website below as the schedule for the program has changed several times.  Currently Sokuzan is scheduled to give the teaching at 8:00pm on Sunday January 25th: Getting Rid Of A Non-Existent Self.  Sokuzan will be giving more teachings throughout the program but the schedule is pending. Each session will be recorded and made available until the next day’s session.  To learn more and to register, go to:


Do the Math

Do the Math 11/23/14 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

Usually we hear Sokuzan say “Don’t do the math”, or don’t add or subtract from your experience with your commentaries and opinions….but in this dharma talk, Sokuzan says “DO the math.