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Ceremonies

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

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.



Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony, CC 12/5
Saturday, December 5, 2015
6:40 am, at time of morning service

Shakyamuni Buddha made a vow that he would continue to sit in meditation until he either died or found the truth. On the morning of the seventh day of his meditation, he experienced enlightenment. This ceremony commemorates that moment. It includes chanting accompanied by a drum during a circumambulation of the Buddha Hall.



Winter Solstice Ceremony, CC 12/21
Words of the season are offered in the equinox and solstice ceremonies, usually outdoors in the courtyard.

Myogen Steve Stücky Memorial, CC 12/31
Thursday, December 31, morning service at 6:30 am, City Center

San Francisco Zen Center marks the two-year anniversary of the death of our first central abbot, Myogen Steve Stücky.