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Special Events & Exhibits

Current Art Exhibit (December)

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

Art Exhibit, December 2014: A Priestly Holiday Show
Photographs and Pottery by Shundo David Haye and Richard Urban

December 8 - 31, 2014


Winter Interim, CC 12/24-31
During the interim break the regular schedule will continue but the zendo (meditation hall) will be staffed by volunteers.

Christmas Holiday, 12/25 & 26
Thursday and Friday, December 25-26, 2014

City Center will be closed. There will be no meditation and no open meals.

We wish a happy, safe, and peaceful holiday to all!



New Year's Eve at City Center
December 31, 2014
This event begins at 8:30 pm with a work meeting followed by temple cleaning. Noodle soup is served at 10:00. The han begins at 10:30 to signal zazen at 10:45. There will be two periods of zazen and the ringing of the densho 108 times. The night ends with a bonfire in the courtyard. Donations are appreciated.


New Year's Day Celebration at City Center
Thursday, January 1, 2015

8:00 am A procession to the various altars of City Center/Beginners Mind Temple, followed by toasts to the New Year on the roof, weather permitting, or in the dining room.


Martin Luther King Holiday, 1/19
City Center is closed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As with other holidays, there will be no meditation or open meals on this day. Meditation in Recovery will meet in the evening as usual.

How Clinging to Gender Identity Subverts Enlightenment (Advanced Buddhist Studies Lecture Series), CC 2/13
with Lopon Rita Gross, PhD
Thursday, February 13, 2015

Teachers always say, “Enlightened mind is beyond gender—neither male nor female.” Nevertheless, people take gender seriously. How do we solve this contradiction?


Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness (Advanced Buddhist Studies Lecture Series), CC 3/19
with Taigen Dan Leighton
Thursday, March 19, 2015

The joy of “suchness”—the ultimate true nature inherent in all appearance—shines through the teachings attributed to Dongshan Liangjie (807–869), the legendary founder of the Caodong lineage of Chan Buddhism


Spring Interim, CC 3/30 - 4/4
During the interim break the regular schedule will continue but the zendo (meditation hall) will be staffed by volunteers.

Memorial Day Holiday, 5/25
Monday, May 25, 2015
Memorial Day Holiday

City Center will be closed. There will be no meditation and no open meals. Meditation in Recovery will meet.



Independence Day Holiday, July 3 & 4
Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, 2015

City Center will be closed in observance of the Independence Day Holiday for both Friday and Saturday. There will be no meditation and no open meals—and no Saturday program.


Summer Residents' Retreat: Changes to Public Schedule, CC 7/25 - 8/1

Changes to public offerings for the week of July 25 - August 1


Summer Interim, CC 8/24 - 8/29
During the interim break the regular schedule will continue but the zendo (meditation hall) will be staffed by volunteers.

Labor Day Holiday, 9/7
Monday, September 7, 2015

City Center will be closed. There will be no meditation and no open meals.

Meditation in Recovery will meet.