Chozenji International Zen Dojo

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I start Zen training at Chozen-ji?
To begin training at Chozen-ji, check our weekly schedule for zazen (meditation) times when beginners are welcome. Then, email info@chozen-ji.org with your name, phone number and when you're interested in coming. Please wait for confirmation of your request before coming to Chozen-ji.

Do I have to sit zazen for 45 minutes before taking a class?
Yes, all students training at Chozen-ji are required to sit 45 minutes before taking a class in any of our martial or fine arts Ways. Depending on your physical condition, you may sit on a cushion on the floor or on a chair.

Can I come to Chozen-ji for a tour?
Yes, we offer tours when our office manager is available between 9:00AM and 1:00PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please email info@chozen-ji.org to request and coordinate a tour. The suggested donation for a tour is $25 per person.

Can I volunteer at Chozen-ji?
Yes, we have Dojo Work Days every two months at which volunteers are welcome, and can accommodate regular volunteers at other times, as well. Please email info@chozen-ji.org about volunteering opportunities at Chozen-ji.

I'm visiting Hawaii. Can I come train at Chozen-ji while I'm here?
We welcome anyone who sincerely wants to begin Zen training as it is offered at Chozen-ji. However, we discourage tourists or recreational visitors.

I've never meditated before. Can I come to Chozen-ji?
Yes, we welcome people who have never tried Zen training or meditation before.

Can I register for an upcoming sesshin at Chozen-ji?
Sesshin is our week-long, intensive meditation training held twice a year (summer and winter) at Chozen-ji. Prior to participating in sesshin, you will need to begin training seriously at Chozen-ji. Please email info@chozen-ji.org to inquire about participating in and preparing for sesshin.

Can I come "live in" at Chozen-ji?
Yes, living in (i.e., residential Zen training) at Chozen-ji can be arranged for the right students. You can read about past live-ins' experiences in our Summer 2018 newsletter . Please email info@chozen-ji.org to inquire about living in at Chozen-ji.