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.

Dying and Death, A Closer Look

Join us in sangha as we contemplate and prepare for our own deaths. Sokuzan will give Dharma talks on dying, death and after death from Buddhist and other perspectives. Also, we will look together at some documents which define ahead of time how you would like to be cared for when you are no longer capable of making decisions for yourself. This will include advance directives, choosing a health care advocate, a living will and the “Five Wishes” document which is a commonly distributed advance directive template and does not necessarily support Buddhist practice without modifications.  We will also discuss caring for each other in sangha as we experience sickness, old age and death.  The cost is $20.00 for meals and materials.  Additional donations are greatly appreciated.  See announcement for more details. Contact Kozan to register.

“Meet Them in the Valley” by Sokuzan on Weds Aug 6th, 2014

“Meet Them in the Valley” by Sokuzan on Wednesday August 6th, 2014 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

In this Dharma talk, Sokuzan encourages “meeting people where they are at” by strengthening awareness rather than preconceptions.