BIRTH OF THE BUDDHA CEREMONY
SUNDAY APRIL 16 at 1pm
OUTDOOR RECEPTION 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Families, friends and children will gather in the zendo to commemorate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha in a Flower Festival and the traditional pouring of sweet rain over the baby Buddha. Following this ceremony will be an outdoor reception. Everyone is asked to bring flowers to offer in the zendo, and to bring finger-type hors d'oeuvres, ready-to-serve on platters for the reception.
Come and acknowledge the birth of your own limitless life moment after moment as we sit sesshin Wednesday April 4th - Saturday April 7th.
The Birth of Buddha Sesshin this year will be followed immediately by the commemoration of the passing of another Great Buddha, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Feel free to call the office or sign-up on the Sangha House porch for the volunteer positions during Sunday's ceremony on April 8th if you can help that day. Folks staying overnight after sesshin to attend the ceremony will be accommodated free of charge.
April 4 - 7 BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY SESSHIN
A silent retreat to commemorate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. Sesshin, literally "to touch the Mind" is a period of time set aside for an intensive meditation retreat to let go of the conditioned self in order to resume our original nature. Begins Wednesday, 7:30 pm, and ends Saturday, 3:30 pm. 10 periods of zazen daily, 2 hours work practice, 3 oryoki meals, dharma talks, and interviews with Kwong-roshi.
Non-Members: $60 per day/overnight General M: $50 Practicing M: $40
April 7 Sat. CHOGYAM TRUNGPA PARINIRVANA ANNIVERSARY
10 am - 12 pm
Kwong Roshi has invited the Shambhala community as well as SMZC's membership to participate in this tribute to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We will have a procession from the Zendo to Trungpa's stupa followed by Sadhana of Mahamudra and remarks by Roshi and Shambhala. Pot-luck lunch will be graciously provided by Shambhala.
April 8 Sun. BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
1 - 4 pm
This is a day for the entire family to join us in commemorating the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha with a flower festival and a traditional ceremony of pouring sweet tea over the baby Buddha. All Sangha, friends, and family are invited to come and join us. Ceremony: 1 - 1:45 pm. Zendo Outdoor reception: 2 - 4 pm. Bring prepared food ready to serve and flowers for offering.
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