Soto Mission of Hawaii

Zazen Meditation Class

~Sit in silence, watching your breath, emptying your mind, and appreciate being here~


只管打坐 "SHI KAN TA ZA"

"SHI KAN TA ZA" means "Just sit with no intention" according to Dogen, the founder of the Soto Zen sect. Why do we sit? We do not sit to seek enlightenment. Each of us holds 'Buddha' within ourselves. Sitting itself is the act of Buddha.

[Morning Session]Monday, Wednesday, and Friday6:30 to 7:45 AM[Evening Session]2nd Wednesday7:00 to 8:30 PM*Please wear comfortable clothes. Open to the public at no cost. Donations are greatly appreciated.*First time or experienced welcome. No commitments or reservation needed. Please be at the temple at least 5 minutes before the session begins.

Cultural Classes and Programs

We offer a variety of cultural classes and programs here at Soto Mission of Hawaii. This is in the effort to perpetuate the Japanese and local culture. We hope that by providing opportunities to learn, we can bring more to the local community in Hawaii.


9:00 - 11:00 AM Hanayagi Dance
2:30 - 6:00 PM Kumon
7:00 - 9:00 PM Exercise with Bon Dance

4:00 - 8:30 PM Aikido
7:00 - 9:00 PM Sanshin

9:00 - 10:00 AM Tomonokai Ukulele Lesson (1st Wednesday)
10:30 - 11:30 AM Baika Practice
2:30 - 5:00 PM Kumon
4:00 - 6:00 PM Tea Ceremony

7:00 - 9:00 PM Kyudo (Japanese Archery)

4:00 - 7:00 PM Shodo/Sumie (Calligraphy Writing and Drawing)
4:00 - 8:30 PM Aikido

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Living Ohana (1st Saturday)
1:00 - 5:00 PM Aki-no-Kai (Japanese Koto Class)

*Dates and time is subject to change by individual group. Please see the calendar for any changes or call the temple before coming to the class.

Religious Activities and Services

Here at Soto Mission of Hawaii, we offer many different types of religious activities and services like wedding, blessing (ex. New Born Baby, Car, New Home), funerals, memorial services for deceased, bedside visitation, home visits, spiritual counseling, Sunday services (Every Sunday), Kannon-ko Services (3rd Sunday)