Buddha's Birthday parade photo

Buddha’s Birthday festivities on Saturday, May 25, include music, story-telling, a parade, and food. Details are below.

The full weekend schedule is here.  A gallery of photos from Buddha’s Birthday 2018 is here.

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


It’s fine to park on East Avenue, and we also have permission to park in the Arnold Park end of the lot belonging to our next-door neighbor, the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word (entrance on Goodman Street). Be sure not to park in the spots reserved for the Harry Bruno Salon (along the side of the lot closest to our Buddha Hall) or in the Goodman Street end of the lot, which the Church needs for its own volunteers on Saturday.


If you’re a parade veteran and would be willing to miss it this year to help with food setup, let Trueman Taylor know (truemant@rzc.org). You may free a staff member who’s never been in the parade before to follow in the footsteps of the elephant!


For the vegetarian potluck picnic that follows the elephant parade, the Center will provide plant-based burgers and hotdogs, drinks, and dessert. Please bring either a main dish or salad (fruit salad counts) sized to serve eight. And please, no meat, poultry or seafood. Remember to take your dishes home with you when you leave.