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.
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.
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 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.