Bring your entire family to SMZC to commemorate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. We hold a flower festival in the zendo and pour sweet tea over the baby Buddha. An outdoor reception and potluck to follow. Bring a dish to share - $10 donation appreciated.
"The way to live depends upon our strength of vow, and our awareness of it. This will determine how we receive suffering. Buddha is very generous. He will give you lots of suffering until your capacity is filled, which makes you come to know what you must do." Jakusho Kwong
Sesshin, literally “to touch the Mind,” is a period of intensive meditation retreat to let go of the conditioned self and resume our original nature. This special time of practice will allow us to dive into the core of Zen training in the spirit of Shakyamuni’s Birth. April 4 - 7.
Deepen your practice and join us from 5:15 am to 5 pm. An opportunity for beginners as well as experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice. 8 periods of meditation, formal meals, chanting and mindfulness work practice. Includes Friday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay.