Study and Practice

Current Study and Practice
at SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery

Please come. Make use of these practices happening in our Sangha. Dedicate some time to your sanity.

Sunday Service 10:00 am – noon
A traditional Soto Zen service with chanting of the Heart Sutra, Daihi Shin Darani, Hokkyo Zanmai, the lineage chant, a brief meditation, and a Dharma talk by Sokuzan

Monday evenings from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evening service, sitting, Dharma study of Kobun, Sesshin Talks: Part 3–Denko-e Sesshin – Assembly on the Transmission of Light Transcribed by Angie Boissevain – Download

Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evening service, sitting, Dharma study of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Wednesday evening meditation 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evening service, sitting, Dharma talk by Sokuzan

Saturday from 11 am to noon and 3:00 pm -4:00 pm
(unless other activities are occurring such as the last Saturday of the month, prison-work, etc.)

  • Dharma study of various texts including Samdhinirmocana Sutra: Buddhist Yoga: A comprehensive Course – by Thomas Cleary – Download
  • Scripture of the Explication of the Underlying Meaning  – by John Keenan – Download
  • Wisdom of the Buddha – by John Powers –  Download

Footsteps Study Group (Noon – 1:00 pm)

  • Monday: The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary, translated by Red Pine (Bill Porter) – Alternative Translation Download
  • Tuesday:  Seven Works of Vasubandu: The 20 Verses and Their Commentary p.157 by Stefan Anacker – Download
  • WednesdayTreasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo
  • Thursday: The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary, translated by Red Pine (Bill Porter) – Alternative Translation Download
  • FridayBuddhist Phenomenology: A Philosophical Investigation of Yogacara Buddhism and the Ch’eng Wei-Shih Lun by Dan Lusthaus – Download

 

There are 6.5 hours of sitting practice scheduled Monday through Friday and variable hours on Saturday pending other community practices.

Suggested donation to participate in the above practices is $5.00*

Last Saturday of the Month, All-Day Sit (Sesshin) 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Scheduled sitting  and walking meditation, private interviews (dokusan) with Sokuzan, and a Dharma talk. Suggested donation is $40.00. See our monthly sesshin schedule for details.

If you would like meditation instruction, please contact Sokuzan.

*Donations are suggested to support the environment to offer the teachings. It also helps support the prison project and other projects. SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible. Please help others. Thank you.

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Daily Open Practice

Monday
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Morning Service
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Work period
Noon- 1:00 p.m. Footsteps (Study group)
2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Block Sitting Meditation
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Block Sitting Meditation, Heart Sutra in English

Tuesday
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Morning Service
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Work period
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Footsteps (Study group)
2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Block Sitting Meditation
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Block Sitting Meditation, Heart Sutra in English

Wednesday
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Morning Service
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Work period
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Footsteps (Study group)
2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Block Sitting Meditation
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Heart Sutra, sitting and walking meditation
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dharma Talk

Thursday
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Morning Service
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Work period
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Footsteps (Study group)
2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Block Sitting Meditation
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Block Sitting Meditation, Heart Sutra in English

Friday
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Morning Service
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Work period
Noon – 1:00 p.m. (Study group)
2:30 – 5 p.m. Block Sitting Meditation
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Block Sitting Meditation, Heart Sutra in English

Saturday
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Morning Service, Block Sitting
11:00-noon Dharma Study
1:30-3:00 p.m. sitting
3:00-4:00 p.m. Dharma Study

Sunday
10:00 – 12:00 Noon Traditional Soto Zen Service followed by a Dharma talk.