Jizo Ceremony Training, GGF 3/29 – 3/30

With Chris Fortin and Sarah Emerson
in the Yurt

  Friday, March 29 – Saturday, March 30, 9 am – 5 pm each day

The Jizo ceremony is a traditional Japanese Zen ritual for children who have died. Since being offered in the U.S., 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.

This will be a two day training. The first one-and-a-half days will look at the history of the Jizo ceremony, its tradition, and how it is currently being practiced and offered in the United States. We will look at a version of the ceremony itself, and the ways it can be adapted to different circumstances and environments. We will look at fundamental aspects of accompanying grief and tools and skills for this work, which includes conscious engagement with the grief each of us carries and how we are holding it.

On the second day, in the afternoon, we will offer a Jizo Ceremony for the general public, which training participants are encouraged to attend as well. This will be an opportunity to participate in and witness the ceremony itself.

It is not necessary for participants to have personally experienced the loss of a child or loved one, but just that everyone have a willingness to enter the realm of grief and its accompanying pain, and to learn about this ceremony, its history and particular forms.

This training is open to ordained priests, religious leaders, grief counselors, and chaplains; and to anyone else who feels a calling to participate in offering this ceremony with instructor permission.

Fees: $170; $153 current SFZC members; $136 limited income. Fee includes two full days and lunch. Sliding scale is available; please call the Green Gulch office to sign up in this way. Fees do not include overnight accommodations; if you would like to stay overnight please call the office.

To Register: Use the Register Online button above. Or please call the Green Gulch Farm main office at 415.383.3134 or the SFZC Reservations Office at 888.743.9362 or 415.475.9362. Or fill out this online form to have the Reservations Office contact you by phone or email to assist your registration.