Upcoming Retreats and Events

“Playing with Awareness”  February 20th 9:30am to 1:00pm

Join us as we play with our awareness and the objects and concepts that we bring in it. Led by Sokuzan and supported by SokukoJi Buddhist Community-Traverse City and early childhood educators from Pathways Preschool, this retreat will provide both children and caregivers strategies for developing and expanding their awareness in a playful and engaging way. Registration is $30, which includes one child and one adult; each additional child is $5. 

Lunch will be provided as well as a mala for each participant. This retreat is limited to children between 4 and 10 years of age. If you have questions please contact Dan or Brittni at Pathways Preschool

Practice Day with Sokuzan in Traverse City on Sunday February 21

This day of practice will include a traditional Soto Zen morning service as well as meditation instruction and practice, and participation in “The Daily Dharma Gathering” as Sokuzan gives a Dharma talk from Traverse City for the Open Heart Project (scroll down for details of this program).  Lunch is provided.  There is no fee, but please donate generously to support the teachings as well as practice opportunity in Traverse City.  The practice day will be held in the zendo at Kozan’s house so space is limited.  Please reply here if you would like to attend.

The Open Heart Project presents: “The Daily Dharma Gathering”

Participate in live-streamed meditation and Dharma talks every day with a variety of great Buddhist teachers.  Sokuzan will be teaching throughout this online project.

Daily Dharma Gathering sessions are from 8:00p to 8:30p ET on Mondays through Fridays and 12:00p to 12:30p ET on Saturdays and Sundays. All you have to do is log on using the link you’ll receive upon registration. Each session begins with a short talk before moving into a guided meditation practice with time for a q&a at the end.

Each session is recorded and made available for 24 hours or until it is replaced with the next day’s session.

To learn more and to register, visit The Daily Dharma Gathering webpage. The site will list the schedule of teachers and talks for each week.


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.