Upcoming Retreats and Events


“Looking Into Dark Places”  Annual Ango/Rohatsu Sesshin Dec 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, like brush and ink awareness, floral arranging, contact awareness practices, training in temple forms, Dharma study and Dharma talks in addition to seated meditation. Sokuzan will give a Dharma talk daily and be available for interviews.
Rohatsu Sesshin 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 30 min of sitting and 10 min of walking meditation throughout the day with oryoki style meals at lunch.  December 8 marks the day we recognize the Buddha’s enlightenment.   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.
$70/day includes overnight accommodations, meals and practice supplies.  Dana for the teacher is not included. You are welcome to join for all or a portion of the retreat.  Daytime only attendance is $40.00/day, with registration required to participate in practices December 1-8 other than our regular Wednesday evening and Sunday morning services.  Contact Kozan with  questions or to register.


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.


* 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.