Upcoming Retreats and Events


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. So if you can’t join live, don’t worry!

To learn more and to register, go to: http://susanpiver.com/program/daily-dharma-gathering-full/ 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.


Annual Ango/Rohatsu Sesshin December 1-8 2015

Ango (practice period) Dec 1-4,  8:00 am -9:00 pm
This portion of the retreat will include a variety of awareness practices, Dharma study and Dharma talks in addition to seated meditation. Sokuzan will give a Dharma talk and be available for interviews each day
Rohatsu  Dec 5-8, 5:40 am-9:00 pm
This portion of the retreat follows more of the traditional style of Soto Zen practice, with December 8 marking  the day we recognize the Buddha’s enlightenment.  There will be 30 min periods of seated then 10 minutes of walking meditation throughout the day, with oryoki style meals at lunch and dinner. We have oryoki sets for sale ($45.00, a great bargain!) and will give instructions as needed as we go along.  Sokuzan will give a Dharma talk daily and be available for interviews.
We will begin taking registrations August 15th.  The fee per day is $80.00/day (or 75.00/day if you register before October 31st) which covers overnight accommodations, meals and practice supplies.  Dana for the teacher is not included.  Space is limited.  Contact Kozan with questions

* 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.