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About (revised)


Vision: a world where suffering is transformed and joy and equanimity arise.

Mission: to cultivate community through mindfulness practices and teachings, housed in pleasant facilities in a​ ​cherished natural setting ​with those who yearn for deeper awakening to this very life.

Under the direction of guiding teacher Dokai Georgesen, Hokyoji works to make residential practice in a secluded natural setting available to long-term and visiting practitioners. The southern Minnesota facility’s connection to nature and its history as a sacred place of inspiration and renewal make it a unique and powerful location for communal and individual practice. In addition, it is the only place in the Midwest where dharma teachers can bring their own sanghas and lead their own practice and retreats in their own styles and traditions.


Our purpose

Hokyoji is a place to cultivate mindfulness and awakening.  We offer meditation and other practices in a remote natural setting that quiets the mind and allows for reflection and reconnecting with one’ true heart.  Awakening to our lives brings freedom from suffering and the arising of joy and equanimity.


What we offer

Hokyoji offers a variety of opportunities for meditation, study and mindful activity in a natural setting.  Half-day and one-day events are good introductions to practice or ways to experience Hokyoji for just a short time.  Retreats, practice periods, and residential practice provide extended opportunities for mindful living.  We also welcome participants interested in working to care for and preserve the land and our natural environment.


The Hokyoji community

All who are sincerely interested in contemplative practice are welcome, and our extended community includes people of all ages, levels of experience and walks of life.  Since only a desire for awakening is necessary to study and practice at Hokyoji, practitioners may be engaged in everything from secular mindfulness to traditional Soto Zen.  Hokyoji’s program calendar offers opportunities for everyone to directly experience silence and awakening for themselves.