Thanksgiving & Jukai 2022

Thursday November 17

7:00 p.m. Zazen and Famine Relief Ceremony: A fast day for Zen Center residents, and others are welcome to join in. Monetary offerings collected during the ceremony are donated to RMAN (Rochester Mutual Aid Network).

Sunday November 20

8:30 a.m. Zazen at 8:30 followed by Ceremony of Gratitude in the zendo at 9:30. The Link altar will include baskets for food offerings to be donated to St. Andrews Food Cupboard. (Non-perishable food – canned or boxed – is best, and winter clothing is also needed.) We’ll have special beverages (hot chocolate, apple cider, etc.) after the ceremony.

Thursday November 24

4:00 p.m. Potluck vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner in the Zen Center dining room.

Friday November 25

8:00 a.m. No formal morning sitting. Workday begins at 8:00 am. Can you volunteer to help set up for Temple Night?
7:00 p.m. until late Hybrid Temple Night (see below): The Buddha Hall is open for informal sitting, chanting, prostrations, and other devotions. Children are invited to participate until 7:45.  Offerings and photographs of deceased relatives and friends may be put on the Memorial Altar in the Buddha Hall.

Saturday November 26

8:30-10:30 a.m. Hybrid zazen and teisho on an aspect of the Precepts, followed by a light brunch.
3:00 p.m. Zendo open for informal sitting
5:00  p.m. Hybrid Taking the Precepts Ceremony (Jukai) in the Buddha Hall. The ceremony includes monetary donations to John-sensei.  Refreshments afterwards.

Sunday November 27

Center closed.

Monday November 28

7:00 p.m. Center reopens in the evening with formal sitting & dokusan.