Please visit our Endowment Fund page for information on the start of securing Hokoji's  future.


Hokoji  Phoenix Light Temple
a place to practice zazen

The real purpose of practice is to discover the wisdom
which you have always been keeping with you.
― Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi

We are very grateful to all who have donated to Hokoji
At Hokoji, we rely completely on donations (dana) for upkeep and improvements.

With your donations we will better serve our mission of providing a beautiful and functional facility for the practice of Zazen, for our community of practicing Zen students, the local community as a whole, and for the benefit of all sentient beings.

2018 Annual Appeal

We humbly ask for donations this year to cover 50% of our winter months' propane and electric costs which total, on average, $3,000 from October to February.  

(Our propane bill high for a 6-week period during which we host a sesshin is approximately $800.)

This means our 2018 fundraising goal is $1,500 in donations.

To donate, you may use the PayPal button above or mail a check made out to Hokoji Toas to:

Hokoji Treasurer

c/o C Shaughnessy

2600 Queens Chapel Road, #605

Hyattsville, MD  20782

Our 2018  Financial Report will be available the first week of Jan. 2019.

We thank you for your ongoing support and generosity.

Any gift amount is greatly appreciated. 

Hokoji is a 501(c) not-for-profit organization. Your cash donations to us are tax deductible.

General Dana 

A mail-in cash general donation may be sent to:

Hokoji Taos,  PO Box 245, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514-0245.

Or you may donate on-line through the PayPal Donate button above.

Hokoji is a 501(c) not-for-profit organization. Your cash donations to us are tax deductible.

Donations for Sesshin
You may also donate any amount you are able for attending Sesshin via the PayPal button above.
 Payment is not required to attend Sesshin.

We suggest a $40 per day gift for those eating and staying overnight at the Community House during retreats, but attending Sesshin is not contingent on giving money. You are welcome at Hokoji regardless of your ability to offer cash.


People giving their time, their warmth, their muscle power and their know-how are what keep Hokoji operating as a community. We welcome newcomers, out-of-town visitors, and the Zen-curious to come and lend a hand on one of house and yard clean-up days. Come pick up a rake, push a wheelbarrow, pull weeds, or team up with a Hokoji member for spring house cleaning. We look forward to sharing Hokoji with you.

We also appreciate monetary and material donations as they relate to planned Hokoji projects. Please contact for further information.

Bathroom Restoration Fundraising Success   Our Capital Campaign is complete. Read more.

In 2015:


  Hokoji housed more than 40 sesshin attendees

  Ian Hakuryu Forsberg performed 3 precept ceremonies, ordained 1 priest, officiated 2 weddings, gave 80 dharma talks

  We held 49 Thursday evening meditations and 6 Sunday half-day meditations

 Approximately 25 people spent overnights stays at Hokohi on personal retreats in the Community House and yurt

We average 8 overnight guests per sesshin

The zendo is open every day


Hokoji was founded and survives on generosity. Through the spiritual, material, and monetary contributions, of those too many to mention here, the temple community quietly grows and nourishes. Your dana (donations) and volunteering are welcome.


Evening zazen: every Thursday at 5:30 pm.      Hokoji is open every day.    Please join us in respect for stillness and sanctuary.