Jizo Ceremony Training: Training for Priests, Chaplains, and Other Grief Professionals, CC 9/29
The Jizo ceremony is a traditional Japanese Zen ritual for children who have died. Since being offered in the United States, this ceremony has been evolving, both for Zen practitioners and those in the extended community, as a deep and meaningful container for those grieving loss of many kinds.
In this one-day training, we will spend the first part of the day looking at the history of the Jizo ceremony, its tradition and how it is currently being practiced and offered in the U.S. In the second part of the day, we will call forth losses from our own life to enact the ceremony in an instructional setting. It is not necessary for participants to have personally experienced the loss of a child or loved one, but that everyone have a willingness to enter the realm of grief and its accompanying pain, and to learn about this ceremony, its meaning and details, enough to be able to offer it in the community. This training will be open to priests in the Zen tradition (for San Francisco Zen Center, priests who have been shuso), chaplains, and anyone else who feels a calling to participate in offering this ceremony, with instructor permission.
Fees: $65; $58 current SFZC members; $52 limited income. Some partial scholarships available. Includes lunch, snacks, and tea.
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