Hokyoji Sesshin July 2021
Begins at 12 pm CT on July 12
Ends at 12 pm CT on July 18
With Myo On Susan Hagler and Dokai Georgesen 


We are excited to be offering our first in-person sesshin since March of 2020, with Zoom participation available as well on a separate registration page. This sesshin is offered at beautiful Hokyoji Zen Practice Community, located among the forested hills of southeastern Minnesota, just a few miles from the Mississippi River. 

The sesshin will be led by Myo On Susan Hagler, member of the Clouds in Water teacher ryo, and Dokai Georgesen, the guiding teacher of Hokyoji. Many other members of the Clouds in Water teacher ryo will also be present at this sesshin.  

In-person participation is limited, and seats may fill up quickly.

In Person Option:
Each sesshin day typically includes eight to ten 35-minute zazen periods, chanting services, a dharma talk, formal oryoki meals, outdoor activities, work practice and service assignments. Dokusan, individual face-to-face meetings with the teacher, will be offered two or three times during the week. Training in the forms will be provided as part of the sesshin.

While sesshin practice can be challenging, Hokyoji’s tranquil meadows, woodlands, and bluffs offer guests a peaceful setting that invites relaxation, inspiration, and renewal. 

Sample schedule (subject to change):
5:25 AM Wake-up bell
6:00 AM *Zazen
6:30 AM *Kinhin
6:40 AM *Zazen
7:10 AM *Morning Liturgy
7:45 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM *Zazen
9:35 AM *Kinhin
9:45 AM *Dharma Talk
11:00 AM *Break
11:20 AM *Zazen
11:50 AM *Noon Liturgy

12:00PM Lunch
1:30 PM Work Practice
2:30 PM Body Practice
3:15 PM Snack
4:00 PM *Zazen
4:35 PM *Kinhin
4:50 PM *Zazen (metta practice)
5:25 PM *Evening Liturgy
5:45 PM Informal Dinner

7:00 PM *Zazen
7:35 PM *Kinhin
7:45 PM *Zazen
8:20 PM *Kinhin
8:30 PM *Zazen
8:35 PM *Recite Fukanzazengi
8:55 PM *Evening Message
9:05 PM *End of Day
9:45 pm Lights Out

We are offering this sesshin as a pay-what-you-can offering. However, please know that the cost of food and lodging is estimated to be $450/person. This does not include payments to the teachers. The actual value of this sesshin is estimated to be $980. If you are able to pay more and do so with an open heart, please do. In this way, we can continue to offer pay-what-you-can to those who cannot afford to pay full price.

Limited seats:
In-person participation is limited, and seats may fill up quickly. If you are interested in attending in-person, please register at your earliest convenience. Once registration is full there will be a waiting list.

Requirements for in-person participation:
-Previous meditation and sesshin experience
-Must participate for the full week
-Must be fully vaccinated

If you have any questions or concerns about in-person logistics, please contact the ino, Myoshin, directly at myoshin@cloudsinwater.org

Sesshin Teachers:
Myo On Susan Hagler – Myo On is a member of the teacher ryo at Clouds in Water Zen Center. For Myo On Susan Hagler, friendliness, open heartedness and aspiring to be “Yes” are the foundations of her practice. She began practicing at MZMC with Katagiri-Roshi in 1980, receiving jukai from him in 1982. She practiced formally there until early 1986 when she married and began her family with her spouse Duane Peterson. They have 3 adult children and 3 young grandchildren. In 1999, she took up formal Zen practice once more at MZMC and was ordained by Tim Burkett in 2003. In 2010, she continued her priest training with Dokai Georgesen at Hokyoji Zen Practice Community and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2018. Myo On has had the opportunity to practice at all the Twin Cities area sanghas and is currently teaching at Clouds, which she joined in early 2019. She is also on the staff at Hokyoji. Flexibility and meeting what arises are principles Myo On endeavors to in all aspects of her life.

Dokai Georgesen – To Dokai Georgesen, guiding teacher of Hokyoji Zen Practice Community, “the appropriate response” is an essential aspect of his practice and thus his life. Lately he’s been focusing on connecting with the deep joy that unfolds as one’s practice deepens. He began his study of Zen Buddhism at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center under the direction of Katagiri-Roshi in 1974. He spent two years on pilgrimage studying Buddhism in India and Japan, and upon his return in 1982 he lived at Hokyoji until his ordination in 1984. In 1989, he received Dharma Transmission from Katagiri-Roshi, and subsequently practiced in Japan with notable teachers there. Dokai had the opportunity to study with Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village in France as well. He began residing at Hokyoji in June, 2003 under the auspices of MZMC. In 2007, Hokyoji became an independent practice center, at which time Dokai became Hokyoji’s guiding teacher.

Online registration ends 7/09/2021

If you wish to register after 7/09/2021 please contact the ino, Myoshin directly at myoshin@cloudsinwater.org. Please note that you may not get an immediate response.