Photo from 2017 Buddha's Birthday celebration

Please join us the weekend of May 27 – May 29 for a celebration of the Buddha’s birthday.

In 2020, when the pandemic began, our celebration of the Buddha’s birth was cancelled for the first time in the Center’s history, while 2021’s celebration was a downsized version. This year, we hope to return to our full weekend of celebrations (presuming the current local spike in Covid cases will decline by the end of the month).

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! Below is the schedule.

Friday, May 27: 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. Children’s Jukai (in the Buddha Hall) Refreshments for children immediately after the ceremony (in the dining room)
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). People are invited to bring their buddha and bodhisattva figures from home to place on the main (largest) altar.

Following Jukai, the Buddha Hall remains open for informal sitting

Saturday, May 28: Buddha’s Birthday

Morning Informal in-person sitting. Zoom sitting at 7:00. Breakfast at 7:30. Work at 8:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. (Hybrid) 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. (Hybrid) Chanting and Story of the Buddha’s Birth, followed by Sleeping Sage
~ 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

Sunday, May 29: Sitting and Annual Corporate Meeting

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Informal in-person sitting with dokusan for out-of-town members. Zoom sitting.
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (Hybrid) Annual Corporate Meeting in the Buddha Hall (for members and Friends)

Monday, May 30: Center closed for Memorial Day. No formal in-person sits. Zoom sitting at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28: Center reopens with formal evening in-person sitting at 7 p.m. As usual, Zoom sitting at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.