Upcoming Retreats and Events


The Open Heart Project presents: “The Daily Dharma Gathering” Jan 20-April 20 2015

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.  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: http://susanpiver.com/program/daily-dharma-gathering/


“Zen Mind, Zen Art” with Sokuzan at Shambhala New York City, Feb 6-8 2015

Sokuzan  will be returning to NYC to lead a program called “Zen Mind, Zen Art,” building in the themes of his “Opening the Eye Mind” workshop.

The mind space is opening to everything…the heart-mind of Zen can be the white canvas or paper; the eyes see the shapes and colors; the ears hear the the sounds of music and the voice of our dreams. How can we be genuine and let this sacred world flow through our voice, our hands and our feet? It happens without credentials in the choiceless space of awareness. ~Sokuzan Bob Brown

When we come into a museum or gallery space we are often not really open to what is there. When our preconceptions and opinions get in the way of direct perception our world is compromised and we miss the incredible power and delicacy of this visual dimension that is arising in front of us moment by moment.

Through group practice, open interviews with Sokuzan, and rousing exercises that ask us to investigate our conceptual compartmentalization of our sense-consciousnesses, we can cut through our tendency to pre-judge what is right under our noses and see, even participate in, the creation itself.

This program is ideal for artists who feel stuck, unstuck artists who wonder what’s next, and for “non-artists” who yearn to express themselves creatively. Participants are also heartily encouraged to share their work with the group whatever the medium or discipline.

For more information visit the Shambhala NYC website.


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 donation for month’s end sesshin 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.