NOTICE: Beginning June 6, 2013 Sokuji will meet on Thursday instead of Friday evenings at the same time and place described below.
In Japanese "Sokuji" (so KOO jee) means "as it is" or "suchness". This refers to the heart of Zen practice, which is to see things as they are, not only in formal meditation, but in all aspects of everyday life. This is also known as "mindfulness".
The Sokuji sangha (community of Zen practitioners) has been meeting in Bemidji Minnesota since 2002, originally guided by Shoshin Bob Kelly who was ordained in the Soto Zen school. The sangha meets weekly on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Upper Room of Bemidji's United Methodist Church. A typical sangha meeting includes seated meditation, sutra reading, and an informal Dharma talk with tea and cookies.
Visitors are always welcome. Come at 6:15 for a brief orientation!
Note: We are obliged to lock the doors at 6:30 for security, so be sure to come early!