Bedding: If you will be sleeping in a bed, bedding will be provided. If you’ll be in the zendo, bring a good sleeping bag; you may use cushions for extra padding if you wish. There are some shelves available for those who sleep in the zendo for bags and pillows.
Zazen clothing: Robes are not required; if you have them, you are welcome to wear them. Bring loose pants or skirts, shirts and a wool shirt or sweater. Dark or quiet colors are preferred; please don’t wear revealing or skimpy clothing at Hokyoji.
Long underwear is recommended except during the warmest months.
Work clothes: Bring pants, shirts (long and short sleeved), sun hat and sturdy shoes. If you have favorite work gloves, please bring them. We will provide treated socks for working in brush or grass that may harbor ticks.
Rain gear: Raincoats, ponchos, hats, and/or umbrellas are essential, as it rains often during the spring and summer.
Footwear: In addition to work shoes, you’ll need slip-on shoes for easy building entry and exit. Waterproof footwear is helpful, as there is often heavy morning dew.
Flashlight, alarm clock and spare batteries are recommended.
Personal items: towel, washcloth, unscented soaps and deodorants, biodegradable shampoo and soap, insect repellent, sunscreen, medications (especially for hay fever and allergies), shaving equipment (an outlet is available for recharging but not for daily plug-in use), toiletries.
Hokyoji is located in one of the large parts of the country where deer ticks (the black legged tick) are found. These ticks are carriers of Lyme disease. With proper precautions, the chances of picking up a tick can be greatly reduced, and with prompt attention to bites, the risk of Lyme disease is slight. Hokyoji provides safely treated socks for our guests, into which they can tuck the hems of their pant legs when working in areas of brush or long grass. To learn more about how to protect yourself in natural areas where ticks are found, see our brochure, Ticks Live Here Too.