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Letter from the Abbott: The Bodhidharma Method

Sometimes I am asked for the business plan for Chozen-ji. When I was young, I futilely tried many times to come up with something but Zen training at Chozen-ji is a hard sell. Now I say I’m following the Bodhidharma method, or as Honda Roshi says, “Train hard. The rest is up to Heaven.” The results are better.

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Chozen-ji on Kahoʻolawe

Guided by the lunar calendar in February, which dictates the ideal time for planting, 16 members of Chozen-ji accessed the island of Kaho’olawe for environmental and cultural restoration over three days.

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Live-In Intensive: April 2019, by Katrina Fineza

Somewhere in my 2-year journey into meditation, I found Chozen-Ji on Instagram. A few weeks later, Chozen-Ji posted about the Live-In Intensive in April and I felt a sense of urgency to see where it might lead. I emailed them and a week later I was forwarding my flight itinerary for Honolulu. It was like winning some cosmic lottery.

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Gi & Hakama Fund Success!

In the last newsletter, we announced the creation of a new "Gi & Hakama Fund" for a loaner closet of gi and hakama for new students. Within hours, Dojo members had donated almost $1,000.

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Dojo Outreach: Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae Keiki Day, by Cathy Kawano-Ching

On Sunday, July 15, Chozen-ji and Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae—the largest and longest standing houseless encampment in Hawaii—co-hosted a day of activities at the Dojo. As part of an ongoing relationship with the Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae community, we dove into training, serving and learning FUN, with a special focus on experiences for our keiki from Waiʻanae and Chozen-ji families.

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Zen Ken Sho: Chozen-ji's 2018 Zen Art Show

From October 12-14, Chozen-ji held its annual art show. This year's show featured ceramics, calligraphy, Kado, and turned wood made by Chozen-ji teachers and students. The show also included demonstrations in Hojo, Tai Chi, Chado, archery, ceramics, Shodo, and Zazen.

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