Buddha on the porch

New Year's Eve zazen


Our New Year's Eve activities last from 7:30 until midnight and people are welcome to drop in anytime.  We have zazen from 7:30 until 10:40 p.m.  Forty-minute sitting periods are punctuated by ten-minute periods of kinhin (walking zazen).  If you arrive during zazen, just take off your shoes, silence your phone and enter the zendo and sit with us. 

At 10:40, we read the Precepts together. 

Finally, we prepare and eat buckwheat noodles, a traditional New Year's Eve dish in Japan and have a good time until we welcome in the New Year at midnight.  Please feel free to bring other treats to share.
Children and family members who don't practice are welcome to attend as much of the evening as they wish.

 

New Year's Day zazen and open house


Zazen begins at noon, and is followed at 12:30 by a ceremony to welcome in the new year at 12:45.

The open house begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts until 5:00 p.m.  Please drop by whenever you'd like and enjoy traditional Japanese New Year's food as well as American treats.

If you have a favorite dish you'd like to share, please bring it.  Our food is all vegetarian. 
Please bring family and friends.  This is a real opportunity for family members who don't practice to get to know the zendo and the sangha.