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Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self  in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra

This epic scripture appeared in third-century India, introducing buddha’s final teaching of buddha-nature as our true Self, and it then became one of the main sources of the early Zen tradition in China. Through exploring highlight passages of this important but under-appreciated sutra, and discussing how to practice with them, we will 

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Sejiki Ceremony, Offering to Hungry Ghosts
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Sejiki Ceremony, Offering to Hungry Ghosts

In this ceremony we call forth the restless, unsatisfied yearnings of our life, inviting them to be known, cared for, and released – as well as raising the deep intention to nourish all hungry spirits in the world, and remembering departed ancestors and friends. Offerings of food are made, and we chant together for all hungry ghosts and departed spirits.

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Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self  in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra

This epic scripture appeared in third-century India, introducing buddha’s final teaching of buddha-nature as our true Self, and it then became one of the main sources of the early Zen tradition in China. Through exploring highlight passages of this important but under-appreciated sutra, and discussing how to practice with them, we will 

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Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self  in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra

This epic scripture appeared in third-century India, introducing buddha’s final teaching of buddha-nature as our true Self, and it then became one of the main sources of the early Zen tradition in China. Through exploring highlight passages of this important but under-appreciated sutra, and discussing how to practice with them, we will 

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Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self  in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra

This epic scripture appeared in third-century India, introducing buddha’s final teaching of buddha-nature as our true Self, and it then became one of the main sources of the early Zen tradition in China. Through exploring highlight passages of this important but under-appreciated sutra, and discussing how to practice with them, we will 

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Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self  in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra
Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra

This epic scripture appeared in third-century India, introducing buddha’s final teaching of buddha-nature as our true Self, and it then became one of the main sources of the early Zen tradition in China. Through exploring highlight passages of this important but under-appreciated sutra, and discussing how to practice with them, we will 

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Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self  in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Buddha’s Teachings on Not-Self and True Self in the Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra

This epic scripture appeared in third-century India, introducing buddha’s final teaching of buddha-nature as our true Self, and it then became one of the main sources of the early Zen tradition in China. Through exploring highlight passages of this important but under-appreciated sutra, and discussing how to practice with them, we will 

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Buddha’s Awakening Ceremony and Shuso Dharma Inquiry Ceremony (plus Practice Period closing)
Dec
11
5:00 PM17:00

Buddha’s Awakening Ceremony and Shuso Dharma Inquiry Ceremony (plus Practice Period closing)

To end sesshin, Buddha’s Awakening will be celebrated with offerings, chanting, and circumambulation at 5pm, followed by usual 5:45 zazen, and 6:30 Dharma Inquiry Ceremony.Everyone will have an opportunity to ask a practice question to shuso Rev. Mushin Neti Parekh to celebrate the completion of her term as head student.

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Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony
Dec
12
5:45 PM17:45

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

The sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts of Soto Zen are the guiding principle for our daily conduct in the world. We offer a monthly full moon Precepts Renewal Ceremony, a ritual begun by the Buddha himself, where we renew our commitment to practicing this way of life, in harmony with all beings. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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New Year's Eve at SCZC
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year's Eve at SCZC

A short ceremony to close the year, followed by zazen and walking meditation from 8:30pm until midnight, when the New Year is welcomed in by ringing the bell 108 times (to release 108 delusions). Then there will be a fire in the courtyard, letting go of 2019 by burning names of the deceased from the altar, accumulated scraps, and old habits that we aspire to drop away in the coming year. Tea and hot food will be served.

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Saturday Sangha
Oct
12
9:20 AM09:20

Saturday Sangha

This Saturday’s topic is, “Buddhist and western psychology: what views do the share and how do they differ?”
We will have a panel discussion with Reverend Patrick Teverbaugh, Senior Student Patrice Monsour and Reverend Neti Parekh. Each panelist will give a short introductory statement and then they’ll take questions and comments from the rest of the group.

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Awakening the Spirit of the Heart: A daylong eco-adventure with Cathy Toldi and Glenn Kazmierski
Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

Awakening the Spirit of the Heart: A daylong eco-adventure with Cathy Toldi and Glenn Kazmierski

Please join us for a day enjoying the forest and grounds at Land of Medicine Buddha. You will be introduced to Buddhist heart practices (the Bramaviharas), along with Taoist qigong theory and practices. We will offer guided solo wanders on the land to gather our heart fire medicine. Then, through council, we will explore how to bring these practices to our families and friends.

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