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Welcome to
SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery

The Order of Immediate Light

Welcome to SokukoJi

Sokukoji Buddhist Temple Monastery is a Sōtō Zen Buddhist Monastery in Battle Creek, Michigan, known as The Order Of Immediate Light. This order acknowledges our abbot and teacher, Kyoun Sokuzan’s, unique background and style of teaching, which emphasizes using various modalities to understand the nature of the mind.


The Order of Immediate Light brings together elements of the Tibetan Kagyu tradition and the Sōtō Zen lineage of Japan, along with other methods of understanding consciousness.

About SokukoJi Link

Our Roots & Branches

Read about our past, present and future

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Recorded Teachings

Peruse our extensive collection of Sokuzan's teachings, in audio and video formats

About Sokuzan Link

Our Teacher

Learn more about our
founding Abbot,
Kyoun Sokuzan


In Person & Virtual

Find out when we meditate in the Temple every day, and join us in person or on-line

Residents and Functionary Team Link


Meet the Monastery Functionary Team

Monastery Full Calendar Link

Schedule & Events

Keep up to date with news, special events & upcoming ceremonies

Photo Gallery Link


See the latest live photo feeds of Monastery life

Donate Page Link


Find out the many ways you can give to the Monastery

Live Teachings Link

Live Teachings

Join us live for any of
Sokuzan's teachings

Study Groups Link

Study Groups

Participate in one of our many Study Groups, from wherever you are on the planet

Retreat Information Link


Thinking about visiting or staying at the Monastery for a day, a week, a year? Read more here

Online Shopping Link

Monastery Store

From original art by Sokuzan, to mala beads, enhance your practice and support the Monastery at the same time

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