The long road back to Hokyoji helps us drop off our busy modern way of life and enter a simple quiet natural setting.
Hokyoji Zen Practice Community offers opportunities to develop and deepen a steadfast practice of the Buddha’s path in the Soto Zen tradition. We provide both residential and non-residential practice in the form of practice periods, sesshins and individual practice. Click here for a schedule of our offerings.
Our resident head teacher is Rev. Dokai Georgesen, who received dharma transmission from our founder, Dainin Katagiri Roshi. Two other residents currently at Hokyoji are Ekyo Susan Nelson and Carl Hultman. Joining them is Myo-On Susan Hagler, senior student of Dokai, who has a home in nearby New Albin, Ia. All participate in the practice and stewardship of Hokyoji. Hokyoji also plays host to dharma teachers from around the Midwest and beyond, who bring their own sanghas here for sesshins and retreats or serve as guest teachers for events like the annual Great Sky Sesshin.
Set among forested hills in rural Minnesota on land selected by Katagiri Roshi and originally developed by the sangha of Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, Hokyoji connects Zen practice with the experience of nature close at hand. The hills and the rustic buildings provide a sense of peace and a deep quiet that washes the spirit and strengthens mindfulness. Please come enjoy the land and sink into the Buddha’s practice together with us.