Upcoming Events Calendar

October – November 2014

Oct
28
Tue
Segaki Ceremony “Feeding the Hungry Ghosts”
Oct 28 @ 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
2
Sun
Shinshu’s Talk @ Jikoji Zen Center
Nov 2 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Shinshu will be giving a lecture at Jikoji Zen Center today. The directions to Jikoji can be found at www.jikoji.org. Their Sunday program is free, but please offer a donation to Jikoji if you can afford it. I will come for the period of zazen before the lecture and stay for lunch. Shinshu

Sunday Practice Schedule

  • 10:00 a.m. zazen
  • 10:40 kinhin
  • 10:50 zazen
  • 11:30 service
  • 11:40 talk
  • 12:30 social lunch
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.

Movie Night
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe will be watching a movie that is either about Buddhism and/or offers us an opportunity to interpreted it from a Buddhist perspective. Movies to be announced.  Please bring a movie treat to share.

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

Nov
14
Fri
Friday Morning Well-Being Service
Nov 14 @ 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
15
Sat
Come As You Are Zen
Nov 15 @ 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
21
Fri
Friday Morning Well-Being Service
Nov 21 @ 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.

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