Soho Machida will hold two "Soho Zen" sessions at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 5 and 12 at Lahaina Jodo Mission.
"Soho Zen" is a meditation style developed by Machida. By speaking aloud one's feeling of gratitude and performing the "Araya method" of cleaning, one is able to remove themselves of negative memories, which lie at the root of all problematic phenomena.
By achieving clarity of the mind, one is able to live naturally and with a sense of vast fulfillment. The "Soho Zen" session is $20 for one session, or $30 for both sessions. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission is at 12 Ala Moana St.
Machida left home at the age of 14 to practice as a Zen monk in a conservative monastery in Kyoto, Japan, for 20 years. He then came to the United States in 1984, he was accepted at Harvard University's School of Divinity and received a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
He has taught at Princeton University, the National University of Singapore and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Now, he is a professor at the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences and director of the Center for Ecological Peace Studies at Hiroshima University.
Machida has appeared on a monthly Japanese national television program focusing on Buddhism in Japan. He conducts meditation and fasting retreats throughout Japan. He has authored nearly 40 books including "Renegade Monk," "Can Mankind Overcome Religion?," and "Why Religion Prevents Peace?"