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THE VISION

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The Community Mindfulness Center will be an inclusive and welcoming place to discover basic goodness and a sense of well-being. It will be a space to think deeply, get to know yourself, and learn to communicate, cooperate, and collaborate within a community.

Sokuzan - Abbot of SokukoJi

Sokuzan ~

Abbot of

SokukoJi

Buddhist

Community

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HELP

BATTLE CREEK

DISCOVER

BASIC GOODNESS

Become a

founding supporter

of Battle Creek's first

Mindfulness Center

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HOW YOU
CAN

HELP

To bring this new space from concept to reality, we at SokukoJi, with your support, plan to raise $1,600,000 over the next year. The Community Mindfulness Center will be a vibrant space to nurture and support the needs of our local community and extend SokukoJi’s mission into the world.

Won’t you join us in bringing the Community Mindfulness Center to life? 

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THE COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS CENTER

A new, 3,100-square-foot Community Mindfulness Center will offer secular-based meditation classes, embodied practices like yoga, and mental health services. Regular public offerings on topics such as working with anger, developing patience, living within a community, and personifying mindfulness in daily life will find a home in this space. 

 

Supporting gatherings of up to 100 people, the Community Mindfulness Center will also be a place for people to explore spirituality and engage in Buddhist offerings, including in-person classes, group retreats, individual learning, and meditation sessions. 

 

The new building will include a foyer, a renovated kitchen, two offices, two ADA-supported bathrooms, and state-of-the-art A/V equipment. And on the main thoroughfare nearest the Community Mindfulness Center, there will be an electronic sign showcasing upcoming programs. 

 

Open to the Battle Creek community and visitors worldwide, the Community Mindfulness Center will be an open and inviting resource for non-profit organizations and community groups to use as a gathering place and offer the room the SokukoJi community will need to support anticipated growth into the future.

DISCOVERING BASIC GOODNESS

Watch the video to gain an insight of the background and intention of the SokukoJi  Community Mindfulness Center.

THE CHALLENGE 

Living mindfully in a chaotic and fragmented society is difficult. Mindfulness is a state of deep connection to one’s thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. Whatever state of wakefulness we’re embodying at the moment translates directly into how we relate to ourselves, others, and our environment. Knowing oneself is key to engaging with the world with sanity, understanding, compassion, and love.

 

Mindfulness supports us in relating to the complexities of modern life, improving mental health, reducing stress, and offering a sense of general well-being. Learning to be mindful is best embraced, cultivated, and practiced within a supportive community.

 

Currently, there are no organizations in Battle Creek dedicated to a secular approach to mindfulness. Additionally, while SokukoJi has a lively and active virtual community, representing more than 30 states and 20 countries, and featuring a residential training program housing seventeen students, SokukoJi’s campus is limited in supporting public, in-person spiritual offerings or directly engaging with the local community onsite.

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Matt Willis

Matt Willis
Director,
Willard Library

With its diverse programming and inclusive ethos, this new facility aims to provide countless individuals with the opportunity to foster inner peace and engage with the world through the lenses of sanity, understanding, and compassion within a supportive community environment.

Deanna Spencer
President,
Battle Creek Pride

Our LGBTQ+ community understands the impact of having resources and facilities that are welcoming and inclusive of all people.  It is our shared belief that the proposed Community Mindfulness Center and its facilities and programming will serve to bring people together in a peaceful and equitable way."

Michele Reid

Michelle Reid, PhD
Friends of SokukoJi

The Community Mindfulness Center's welcoming physical space and collaborative community setting, and the range of programs and events that will be held within its walls, are intended to offer to individuals... a variety of opportunities to learn to engage with the world with understanding, compassion, and love.

Kellie Climie

Kelly Climie
Program Coordinator, Karma House Community Wellness Center

The Community Mindfulness Center presents a wonderful opportunity to nurture protective factors including opportunities for social connection and relationship skill-building.  It also presents a practical opportunity for community members and organizations to engage with the space in a way that supports the good work already being done in our community.

DISCOVERING BASIC GOODNESS

SokukoJi  Community Mindfulness Center - plans and architect imagery.

Derek, UK

The teachings provided by Sokuzan and Sokukoji provide  a  method of negotiating with your own existence.

Susan, NC

The potential seems enormous. It's a win for SokukoJi and it's a win for Battle Creek.

Navid, Iran

The energy is different at SokukoJi. It's very, very helpful. I am more aware of my surroundings - both external and internal. 

Yuhong, MA

To be able to give the space, and give the teachings freely to people, is such a generous intention and act. 

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HERE'S WHAT
YOUR DONATION WILL
SUPPORT

$100           Teacher Training

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$1,000       Architectural Costs

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$10,000    Construction 

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Sokuren, Battle Creek

Battle Creek is filled with a lot of suffering.  This is the exact place where we find a need for something like this.

Chisho, VA

To have a facility that is available to the community would be a huge benefit... right around the corner, and virtually around the world.

Wulong, NYC

Being in community - hearing somebody's breath next to you - everything is a reminder of how we're all the same.

Kurt, Nomad

That this project is something the Battle Creek community wants to support - it's exciting times for SokukoJi.

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