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Special Events, Ceremonies, and Interims

Zen Center invites you to join us for these upcoming special ceremonies:

See below, click on underlined events, or check the main calendar for details on each event. You may also call 415.863.3136 or email ccoffice@sfzc.org.

2014 Dates

Suzuki Roshi Memorial Services

Memorial services for our founder, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, are held on the 3rd of each month at the time of evening service (6:15 pm weekdays), and on the 4th of each month at the time of morning service (6:30 am weekdays, 7:10 am Saturdays). For Saturday evening and Sunday times, contact the office at 415.863.3136. All are welcome to attend.

Full Moon Ceremonies

Each month at the full moon, the community gathers to renew our Bodhisattva vows. All are welcome. This is a formal ceremony including chanting and full bows. If it is your first full moon ceremony or you are unfamiliar with the forms, please follow others in offering incense before entering the Buddha Hall and be sure to take a chant card. For more information, contact the office at 415.863.3136.

An example of the ceremony can be downloaded here. The text of the ceremony is also available for download: Full Moon Bodhisattva Ceremony (PDF)
 

20142015
January 15 (Wednesday, 6:30 am)January 5 (Monday, 6:30 am)
February 15 (Saturday, 7:10 am)February 3 (Tuesday, 6:30 am)
March 15 (Saturday, 7:10 am)March 5 (Thursday, 6:30 am)
April 15 (Tuesday, 6:30 am)April 6 (Monday, 6:30 am)
May 14 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)May 2 (Saturday, 7:10 am)
June 13 (Friday, 6:30 am)June 2 (Tuesday, 6:30 am)
July 12 (Saturday, 7:10 am)July 1 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)
July 31 (Friday, 6:30 am)
August 11 (Monday, 6:30 am)August 29 (Saturday, 7:10 am)
September 8 (Monday, 6:30 am)September 28 (Monday, 6:30 am)
October 8 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)October 27 (Tuesday, 6:30 am)
November 5 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)November 25 (Wednesday, 6:30 am)
December 5 (Friday, 6:30 am)December 24 (Thursday, 6:30 am)

 


 














Interims

April, June, August, and December (see dates above)

During the interim break the regular schedule is optional for residents. The zendo (meditation hall) will continue to be open for meditation, staffed by volunteers. Sign up on the volunteer sheet near the zendo or contact the ino if you would like to volunteer to be doan or doorwatch in the morning or evening during the interim. Thank you.

Eihei Dogen's Birthday

Friday, January 24, 2014, 6:30 am

Ceremony at time of morning service.

Bodhidharma Celebration
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6:30 am

Ceremony at time of morning service.

Parinirvana Ceremony
Friday, February 14, 2014, 6:05 am

Ceremony in the zendo during the second period of zazen in the morning.

Katagiri Roshi Memorial
Friday, February 28, 2014, 6:30 am

Ceremony at time of morning service.

Mahapajapati Memorial
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7:10 am

Ceremony at time of morning service.

Spring Equinox Ceremony
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:15 pm

Ceremony at time of evening service.

Buddha's Birthday Celebration
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 11:00 am

After morning lecture.

Summer Solstice Ceremony
Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:15 pm

Ceremony at the time of evening service.

Fall Equinox Ceremony
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:15 pm

Ceremony at time of evening service.

Eihei Dogen and Keizan Jokin Memorial
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:15 pm, and Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:10 am

Two-part ceremony at the time of evening service and morning service.

Bodhidharma Memorial
Monday, October 6, 2014, 6:15 pm, and Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:30 am

Two-part ceremony at the time of evening service and morning service.

Thanksgiving Service
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 5:45 pm

Ceremony will be in the Buddha Hall, in lieu of evening service. Donations of nonperishable food are welcomed.

Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 6:40 am

This ceremony occurs on the morning of the final day of the rohatsu sesshin. All are welcome to attend. The ceremony includes chanting accompanied by a drum during a circumambulation of the Buddha Hall.

Winter Solstice Ceremony
Monday, December 22, 2014, 6:30 pm

Ceremony at the time of evening service.