Archive for November, 2009

Jodo-e 2009

Jodo-e is the celebration of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment. We are holding this special event in the evening of Monday, December 7, 2009. While the celebrations are traditionally held early in the morning – to reflect the Buddha seeing the morning star on the eighth day of his sitting under the Bodhi tree -we will have the ceremony in the evening to accommodate the sangha.

Celebrating this event is a celebration of our innate ability to walk the same path the Buddha walked and the possibility to realize the same fundamental insights and be enlightened to the nature of the universe. Guests are welcome.

Changes for 2010

For the upcoming year we – as a sangha in conjunction with the abbot and the vice-abbess – have decided to move the Sunday morning schedule back thirty minutes. Instead of starting at 9:30 a.m. we will be starting at 10 a.m. sharp, following the same schedule that constitutes the regular Sunday morning. We hope that this change will help to accommodate those who need just a little more time on Sunday morning before joining us here at the Zendo.

We have also started a new process in which all sangha members who have received jukai and a dharma name will be responsible for running the retreats under the supervision of the ordained members of the sangha. This will help us come up with the dates for retreats earlier and as a community.

December Retreat ’09


Change of plans. The retreat will be on December 12 and 13, not as previously stated on 12/5 and 12/6.

To commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment, which is traditionally observed on the eighth day of December, we are holding a weekend retreat on December 12 and 13. The retreat begins on Saturday morning at 6 a.m., there will be informal self-serve breakfast, and formal lunch. The first day runs until 6 p.m. on Saturday and the schedule resumes at 6 a.m. on Sunday. The usual Sunday schedule will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. after informal breakfast for those who participated in the early morning schedule.

Suggested donations for the retreat will be announced shortly on this page.