Upcoming Retreats and Events

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 and the “Five Wishes” document, a commonly distributed advance directive template which may be modified to better support our practice. 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.

Ango and Rohatsu Sesshin November 30 – December 8, 2014  

Ango and Rohatsu Sesshin will be held Sunday, November 30 -Monday, December 8.  This will be a residential retreat. You are welcome to come for all or part of it.  Ango or “practice period” will include sitting and walking  meditation and various awareness practices such as calligraphy, training in temple forms, leading study groups, and Sokuzan’s “Opening the Eye Mind” teachings.  Rohatsu Sesshin will include mainly sitting and walking meditation and oryoki style meals at lunch and dinner. You are welcome to use the oryoki sets we have at the temple, or if you would like to purchase your own set they are available for $45.00. There will be a Dharma talk each day.  Sokuzan will be available for interviews, with dana for Teacher appreciated.   We will have more details about the schedule as the retreat approaches. The price including materials, meals, and overnight lodging is $75.00 per day, or register by November 1 and receive the discounted rate of $65.00 per day. Come for all or part of the retreat.  To register or if you have questions, please contact Kozan.

Month’s End Sesshin
Join us for our month’s end, all-day sit from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. You may turn this into a weekend retreat by coming a day or two before or afterward to participate in the daily scheduled services at the Temple.
The suggested dana for the last Saturday of the month, all-day sit is $30.00 *
The fee for overnight lodging is $35.00 per night *
Please contact Chiezan if you wish to make arrangements for an extra day or lodging.

* Donations are suggested to support the environment to offer the teachings. It also helps support the prison work and other projects. SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible. Please help us help others. Thank you.