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Ceremonies

Follow this link for a year-long list with descriptions of Special Events, Ceremonies and Interims

Winter Solstice Ceremony, CC 12/22
Words of the season are offered in the equinox and solstice ceremonies, usually outdoors in the courtyard.

Myogen Steve Stücky Memorial (one-year), CC 12/30 - 12/31
Tuesday, December 30, evening service 6:15 pm, Kaisando
Wednesday, December 31, morning service 6:30 am, Buddha Hall


Eihei Dogen's Birthday Ceremony, CC 1/23, 6:30am
Friday, January 23, 2015, 6:30 am

Eihei Dogen Zenji (1200-1253 CE) is the founder of the Soto Zen School in Japan.


Bodhidharma Celebration, CC 2/6
Celebration at time of morning service.

Parinirvana Ceremony, CC 2/13
Ceremony during second period of zazen.

Katagiri Roshi Memorial, CC 3/3
Dainin Katagiri was one of the early teachers at San Francisco Zen Center. This memorial service will be at the time of morning service.

Mahapajapati Memorial, CC 3/9
Mahapajapati Gotami was the first woman to request ordination from the Buddha and to join the Sangha.

Spring Equinox Ceremony, CC 3/20
Words of the season are offered in the equinox and solstice ceremonies, usually outdoors in the courtyard.

Buddha's Birthday Celebration, CC 4/4
Buddha's Birthday Celebration
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Approx. 11:00 am (following morning lecture)

City Center will be celebrating Buddha's birthday with a parade up the street and a ceremony in Koshland Park. Please join us for the regular Saturday morning schedule followed by Buddha’s Birthday Celebration after lecture. This is a wonderful family event.


Fall Equinox Ceremony, CC 9/23
Words of the season are offered in the equinox and solstice ceremonies, usually outdoors in the courtyard.

Eihei Dogen & Keizan Jokin Memorial, CC 9/25 & 9/26
Eihei Dogen & Keizan Jokin Memorial
Evening service 6:15 pm, Kaisando
& next day morning service 6:30 am, Buddha Hall



Bodhidharma Memorial, CC 10/5 & 10/6

Bodhidharma is known as the founder of Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. Little is known about him historically, but there are versions of his biography that exemplify his influence on Buddhism in Asia and now the West. He is described as a monk from India who studied with Prajnadhara. Some time after completing his studies he left India for China.



Sejiki Ceremony and Halloween Dinner, CC 10/30
October 30, 5:30 pm

Sejiki is a traditional Japanese Zen Buddhist ceremony for the spirits of departed ones. This powerful ceremony summons forth all restless spirits and pacifies agitation and violence within and without.