Please join us the weekend of May 24 – May 25 for a celebration of the Buddha’s birthday. This is our biggest celebration of the year, with something for everyone — children, adults, friendly animals, and online participants. All sentient beings are welcome. Come if you can! Click here to print a PDF of the schedule.

Friday, May 24: Temple Night/Jukai

Morning Formal in-person sitting at 6:00. Zoom sitting at 7:00.  Work as usual at 8:00 a.m.
5:45 p.m. Youth Jukai (in the Buddha Hall followed by refreshments in the dining room)
7:00 p.m. Temple Night concluding around 9:00 with Jukai (Taking-the-Precepts) Ceremony An unstructured time for zazen, offerings, and individual devotions at the main altar in the Buddha Hall (children welcome until 7:30). Will also be broadcast on Zoom.

Following Jukai, the Buddha Hall remains open for informal sitting

Saturday, May 25: Buddha’s Birthday

Morning No formal in-person sitting. Zoom sitting at 7:00. Work as usual at 8:00 a.m.
10:45-11:20 a.m. Gamelan Orchestra (outside near the Buddha Hall)
11:00 a.m. Pouring Sweet Tea Over the Baby Buddha Drop off your vegetarian potluck dishes in the dining room and then go out to the Buddha Hall.
11:30 a.m. Chanting and Story of the Buddha’s Birth, followed by Sleeping Sage and Parade.
12:30 p.m. (approx.) Potluck Lunch Bring a hearty vegetarian picnic salad or casserole to share
(no desserts, please – beverages and cake provided by ZC).
1:15 p.m. (approx.) Buddha’s Birthday cupcake tower
1:30 p.m. (approx.) Dokusan with John-sensei

Sunday, May 26: Center closed

Monday, May 27: Center closed for Memorial Day. No formal in-person sittings. Zoom sittings at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28: Center reopens with morning in-person sitting at 6:00. Zoom sitting at 7:00.