Upcoming Events Calendar

October – November 2014

Oct
24
Fri
Friday Morning Well-Being Service
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Every Friday morning our service is dedicated to the well-being of those who are suffering and those who have passed on. We begin with a 40 minute period of zazen at 9 a.m. followed by service. This service is a renewal of our Buddhist vows, recitations of Buddhist sutras for well-being and a dedication. If there is someone you would like to receive a dedication of well-being or remembrance of passing, please come to this service. We will add this person or person’s (including pets) name to our dedication. Everyone is welcome.

Oct
25
Sat
Come As You Are Zen
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

This is an informal Saturday morning program focused on investigating Buddhist teachings for creating ease and skillful response in our daily life. The program begins with short period of meditation followed by a talk on a Buddhist topic. There will be time for a discussion and a short meditation after the talk. The topics are aimed at the beginner as well as the advanced practitioner. Everyone is welcome.

8:30 – 8:50 a.m. meditation
9 – 10:30 a.m. lecture/discussion

Zendo Cleaning
Oct 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Once a month we clean the zendo after Come As You Are. This is an opportunity to spend time with sangha members doing work practice.

Oct
30
Thu
Segaki Ceremony “Feeding the Hungry Ghosts”
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOcean Gate Zen Center celebrates the offering of food, incense and sweet tea to our ancestral hungry ghosts during this annual Segaki Ceremony. In Japan this is a mid-summer ceremony associated with O-bon. O-bon honors the Buddha and the Segaki Ceremony is to call forth the family ancestors to offer peace and sustenance for whatever suffering may be occurring. In the United States Buddhist community we have moved the date of Segaki to coincide with Halloween.

During this ceremony, we venerate the ancestors who precede us and wish them peace and salvation through offerings of food and comfort. During Ocean Gate’s Segaki Ceremony we begin the evening by drawing pictures of hungry ghosts (Gakis, whose stomachs are bloated in starvation, but their necks are too small to receive nourishment.) and hang them on the walls. Then we call for the spirits with noise makers and chanting. Finally we offer them food, sweet tea, water, flowers and incense and chant for their well-being.

How fitting during this time of transition from Fall to Winter, when for many, storms come and the light wanes, we acknowledge and bring forth the mental suffering that might lie in the shadows of our suffering. Winter can arrive at any time. Our healing comes from bringing our difficulties into the light through our offerings of good will. It is this good will toward the self and others that enables us to find the courage needed for transformation. Let us remember this great truth of Buddha’s compassion as we go forth into the holidays.

Oct
31
Fri
Friday Morning Well-Being Service
Oct 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Every Friday morning our service is dedicated to the well-being of those who are suffering and those who have passed on. We begin with a 40 minute period of zazen at 9 a.m. followed by service. This service is a renewal of our Buddhist vows, recitations of Buddhist sutras for well-being and a dedication. If there is someone you would like to receive a dedication of well-being or remembrance of passing, please come to this service. We will add this person or person’s (including pets) name to our dedication. Everyone is welcome.

Nov
1
Sat
Come As You Are Zen
Nov 1 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

This is an informal Saturday morning program focused on investigating Buddhist teachings for creating ease and skillful response in our daily life. The program begins with short period of meditation followed by a talk on a Buddhist topic. There will be time for a discussion and a short meditation after the talk. The topics are aimed at the beginner as well as the advanced practitioner. Everyone is welcome.

8:30 – 8:50 a.m. meditation
9 – 10:30 a.m. lecture/discussion

Nov
4
Tue
Zazen Instruction
Nov 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Zazen Instruction is the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Please wear comfortable clothing.

You may sit on a chair, a meditation cushion or a bench.

Our style of meditation is called shikantanza, which means ‘to just sit’.

Nov
7
Fri
Friday Morning Well-Being Service
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Every Friday morning our service is dedicated to the well-being of those who are suffering and those who have passed on. We begin with a 40 minute period of zazen at 9 a.m. followed by service. This service is a renewal of our Buddhist vows, recitations of Buddhist sutras for well-being and a dedication. If there is someone you would like to receive a dedication of well-being or remembrance of passing, please come to this service. We will add this person or person’s (including pets) name to our dedication. Everyone is welcome.

Bodhisattva Ceremony
Nov 7 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARyaku Fusatsu or Bodhisattva Ceremony is an ancient Buddhist ceremony of renewing our reliance on the Three Refuges: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. We also renounce our unskillful behavior and vow to do our best in the future. Ryaku, in Japanese, means that the ceremony is a short or simple version. Fusatsu means to cease unskillful actions and to make the vow to continue to make our best effort. The full ceremony is only performed a few times a year in large Buddhist temples. All-in-all the “simple” version takes about 30 minutes and includes as many prostrations. If you are unable to do full prostrations; standing bows are encouraged. This ceremony includes taking vows and renewing one’s Buddhist faith. Everyone is welcome to participate.

 

Nov
8
Sat
Come As You Are Zen
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

This is an informal Saturday morning program focused on investigating Buddhist teachings for creating ease and skillful response in our daily life. The program begins with short period of meditation followed by a talk on a Buddhist topic. There will be time for a discussion and a short meditation after the talk. The topics are aimed at the beginner as well as the advanced practitioner. Everyone is welcome.

8:30 – 8:50 a.m. meditation
9 – 10:30 a.m. lecture/discussion

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