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All Hokyoji events

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Sign up for your event online.  Please sign up for scheduled Hokyoji events (or contact us about individual practice) at least 48 hours before your planned arrival.  

For events held by visiting sanghas, please contact those groups directly For an event calendar by month, please click here.

Hokyoji maintains a regular weekly/monthly practice schedule when other events are not in session.


Winter Practice Period January 24-February 12

Spring Break 

Hokyoji reopens April 12

Macalester Weekend Retreat April 14-16

Spring Work Weekend April 21-23

Capital Campaign Fundraiser With Peter Coyote, Minneapolis, April 27

True Heart Women’s Retreat May 5-7

Open House May 13, 1-4 pm

Annual Membership Meeting June 3

One Day Mindfulness Retreat June 10

Clouds in Water Sesshin June 17-24

Family and Community Weekend July 28-30

Jewel Mirror Sesshin August 11-18

Compassionate Ocean Retreat August 28-September 4

Minnesota Zen Meditation Center Retreat September 19-24

Fall Work Weekend November 3-5

Caring for the Land Weekend November 17-19

Rohatsu Sesshin December 1-8

Winter Break 


Hokyoji reopens January 15

Winter Practice Period January 23-February 11

Spring Break

Hokyoji reopens April 15

Event information

Annual Membership Meeting:  Everyone is welcome to hear reports from officers and staff and discuss plans for the future.  Members will participate in the election of directors to the board.  

Caring for the Land Weekend: As part of our Land Management Plan, each fall we pay special attention to the needs of the land, clearing trails, brush and deadfall, reducing invasive plants, or planting new growth. The work involves hand and power tools as well as our tractor. There is work for all levels of skill and strength. Please join with us in tending to Hokyoji’s beautiful natural setting and realizing our long-term vision for the land. There is no charge for this practice; meals and accommodations are provided.  

Jewel Mirror Sesshin:  For more on retreats and a typical daily schedule, click here.  Suggested contribution: members: $45/night; non-members: $55/night.  Flyer: jewel mirror flyer 2016

Open House:  Our annual open house is a great way to get acquainted or re-acquainted with everything Hokyoji has to offer.  Drop in with your family and friends!  Tour the facilities, walk the trails, get an introduction to zazen, meet the community,  and enjoy refreshments.  If you’ve never been to Hokyoji but have been interested in seeing it all for yourself, here’s your chance.  Look over the zendo, wander the land and see the wooded ridges and spacious meadows that make up our natural setting, learn to sit zazen, and meet the people that shape and lead our practice.  If you’re an old friend, the open house is a great opportunity to reconnect, get caught up, and make your plans to practice this year at Hokyoji.  It’s also the perfect time to bring your friends and family and show them why Hokyoji is such a special place in your life, and what keeps you coming back to practice. 

Practice Period:  Practice periods offer the chance to settle into the rhythm of steady, sustained and structured practice over an extended period of time.  Hokyoji’s practice period schedule does not focus exclusively on zazen, but emphasizes a holistic approach to caring for the body and mind.  There is time for individual relaxation and rest, exercise and body work, and group discussion of a classic or contemporary spiritual text.  Private discussion with a senior teacher is also possible.  

Although full participation in the practice period is encouraged, it is possible to attend in one-week increments (Tuesday to Sunday).  If the one-week option is not possible please call to discuss other possible options with the guiding teacher. You may register online.  Please sign up to participate in a practice period at least 48 hours before your planned arrival.  Not only does this give us the time we need to make sure we can feed and accommodate you, it gives you the opportunity to be thoughtful about your practice commitment.  Suggested contribution: members: $45/night, non-members: $55/night.

Rohatsu Sesshin:  Join us in the crystal, most likely white, hills of southeastern Minnesota for Hokyoji’s Rohatsu Sesshin, our annual meditation retreat celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment.   We’ll let the quiet hills teach us about the peace of real silence.  For more on retreats and a typical daily schedule, click here.  Suggested contribution: members: $45/night; non-members: $55/night.  Partial participation is possible.  Flyer: rohatsu-2016-2

True Heart Women’s Retreat: Nourishing and grounding, gentle and penetrating, the True Heart Women’s Retreat at Hokyoji is a unique opportunity to come together in a beautiful natural setting that has been holding the energy of Buddhist practice for forty years. Enjoy zazen, dharma discussion, chanting/singing, yoga and outdoor walking meditation.  Enter the spring season as continuous refreshment.  Click here for the complete daily schedule.  Suggested contribution: members: $45/night; non-members: $55/night. If camping, members $30/night; non-members $40/night.   Flyer: true heart 2016

Work Weekends: When the weather begins to change, it’s time to take care of Hokyoji and prepare it for the season ahead.  Spring and fall mean either making things ready to welcome practitioners or putting things away for a time of rest.  Work days include morning and evening sitting practice, communal meals and a variety of work projects, both indoors and out.  In addition to being a terrific opportunity for mindful activity, it’s a good chance to visit Hokyoji, meet others in the community, and get to know what happens here.  There is no charge for this practice; meals and accommodations are provided.  Flyer: work-weekend-fall-2016