Welcome to Mantokuji, the only Soto Zen temple on the island of Maui.
Paia Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission, in lower Paia, was founded by the Reverend Sokyo Ueoka of Hiroshima, Japan on November 11, 1906.
Located on a picturesque site overlooking the sea on the northeast coast of Maui, you will find a beautiful temple structure that has been put on the national and state historic registry, a cemetery and columbarium, a bell tower, a memorial monument, and a Japanese Zen Garden.
Family services for worship are open to the public. And memorial services honoring our deceased loved ones, wedding ceremonies, blessing ceremonies, and counseling are services that are available to everyone.
There are weekly zazen (meditation) sessions on Saturday mornings at 7am and Sunday evenings at 5pm. Dharma study, Japanese culture and language study sessions are also held seasonally.
The temple also sponsors a taiko group(Japanese drum) and has an active Fujinkai (ladies) club that conducts workshops to learn cooking, craftwork, and cultural arts.
We have a monthly clean up day which is also an important part of our dharma practice and which enhances the harmony and cohesiveness of our Sangha (ohana/ family).
We hold an annual bazaar in March and O-Bon festival in July for the community. These events are well attended and enjoyed by all.
Please contact the temple and the resident minister will be happy to meet and talk with you. If you have any questions on Buddhism, Zen, or anything else, Please contact us.