Rev. Sokuzan Bob Brown


Bob leads the Holistic Track at night and the clients have an option to go out to the Buddhist Community on Wednesday evening and Sunday mornings.

Bob met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a preeminent teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, in late 1973 and became a student. In 1974, Bob attended the first session of Naropa Institute, now Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In 1975, he established the Dharma Study Group of Battle Creek, Michigan. It offered weekly meetings for meditation and study, as well as monthly nyinthuns, which are all-day retreats. In 1978, Bob became an authorized meditation instructor through Vajradhatu in Boulder and later completed the Vajradhatu Seminary in 1980 at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. In 1990, Bob met Kobun Chino Roshi, a Zen meditation master from Japan, and became a student of his. He received lay ordination from Kobun Roshi’s brother, the late Hojosama Keibun Otagawa, and full ordination as a priest in 2007 in the Soto Zen lineage from Shoho Michael Newhall, Abbot of Jikoji in Los Gatos, California.

Bob is a member of the Chaplaincy Advisory Council of the Michigan Department of Corrections in Lansing. He goes into several prisons in Michigan as a volunteer, to teach meditation to inmates who are Buddhist. Bob is currently the head teacher at SokukoJi Buddhist Community, a Soto Zen Buddhist temple in Battle Creek, Michigan. Their website is