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Zendo Sitting

2023 Denk-o Sesshin

October 1-9, 2023

2023 Denko-e Sesshin
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Sokukoji will be hosting a Denko-e Sesshin October 1-8, 2023.  This retreat will replace the Rohatsu Sesshin, previously held in December, to attempt to avoid illnesses that have afflicted us during December retreats in years past.


Denko-e is Japanese for “Gathering of Light”, which is the traditional name that Sokuzan’s Zen Master, Kobun Chino Otogawa, designated for a retreat held in Autumn each year. The retreat will be similar in schedule and format to the 2022 Rohatsu. Each day begins at 5am and ends at 9pm and breakfast, zazen, kinhin (walking meditation), oryoki lunch and dinner, a work period, and a Dharma talk, will be included.

Online participants may attend any oryoki meals via Zoom.


The registration rate is $40 per day for virtual participation and $80 per day for in person. The daily fee does not include dana, or generosity, for the teacher. Join us for any or all of the days.  Plan on attending for the whole day.  Please contact us if you need financial assistance.


Your spot will be confirmed as soon as we receive payment. You can send checks made out to SokukoJi Buddhist Community (C/O 2023 Denko-e, 33 Anderson Ct., Battle Creek, MI 49017) or make your payment on Zelle/PayPal (2023 Denko-e in memo). You will receive an orientation letter with the Denko-e Zoom link by September 22nd. If you send your payment in Zelle or PayPal, please email or text us to let us know.


Teacher dana is our offering directly to our teacher, Sokuzan, for his decades of study and practice and the selfless giving of his time through private interviews, teachings, and Dharma talks. We encourage you to give generously to Sokuzan; a suggested guideline is $20 per day or more, balancing your financial situation with the benefit you derive from Sokuzan's guidance and support.  Dana can be offered as cash or checks made out to Sokuzan.



This year's retreat will be coordinated by Nishikai and Myoka.  Please direct all questions and considerations to them both at

  • Nishikai  has been a practice resident at SokukoJi for 6 years and is a fully ordained monk. ​

  • Myoka has been a practice resident at SokukoJi for 1 year and is a fully ordained monk. ​

COVID and other illnesses are still a concern during this year's retreat,

so please be considerate in not coming if you have any symptoms of any contagion. 

Protocol may be modified as we get closer to October.

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