Please join us the weekend of May 26 – May 27 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 26: Temple Night/Jukai
|Morning||Formal in-person sitting at 6:00. Zoom sitting at 7:00. Work as usual at 8:00 a.m.|
|7:00 p.m. (Hybrid)||Temple Night concluding around 9:00 with Jukai (Taking-the-Precepts)||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 27: Buddha’s Birthday
|Morning||No formal in-person sitting. Zoom sitting at 7:00. Work as usual at 8:00 a.m.|
|10:30 a.m.||Rakusu Ceremony (for those who have sewn rakusus)|
|11:00 a.m.||Pouring Sweet Tea Over the Baby Buddha||Drop your potluck dishes off 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.|
|~ 12:00 p.m.||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.||Buddha’s Birthday cupcake tower|
|~ 1:30 p.m.||Dokusan with John-sensei|