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November 2012


November 15th is Give to the Max Day 
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It’s November and things are slowing; snow is coming down and Fall seems to be over. There have been many changes at Hokyoji over the past weeks. First it was the Fall Work Weekend; in addition to the garden being put to bed there was fall cleaning and preparing Hokyoji for the winter. The next weekend was the first ever Hokyoji Open House where we enjoyed old friends and met new friends and neighbors. Our major re-modeling projects also were going on: the improvements to the workshop dormitory as well as the new heated floor in the zendo. A new Hokyoji web site and Facebook page were finished and Hokyoji’s first introduction to meditation workshop was offered by Ekyo Susan Nelson. It’s been nice to see all the activity.




the carp in the temple garden pond
know all the master’s lectures
by heart
– Fil Lewitt


  Upcoming Practice Opportunities

Rohatsu Sesshin, 12/2-12/9, is a seven day intensive suitable for those with some sesshin experience.It starts the evening of December 2nd and ends after breakfast on Sunday the 9th. This seven day sesshin celebrating Buddha’s awakening is held at this time of year in Soto Zen practice centers the world over. Partial participation in the sesshin is possible. Inquiries can be made via e mail at Daily member contribution: 35.00 non-member 45.00

For more information on practicing at Hokyoji please click here.

Deep Appreciation

Many thanks to October Volunteers who worked on cleaning, organizing, garden harvest, web design, photograhy, facebook page design, spring bulb planting, window washing, and various tasks related to the First Annual Open House:  Susan Hagler and Duane Peterson, Lisa Hedgepath, Bill Learn, Dan Ryan, Susan Ryan, and James Moxley.


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