Dharma Class 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and Sunday Service at 11:00 a.m., followed by potluck lunch & visiting
Buddha’s Birthday -
During the Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony in Spring, we chant and bathe a statue of the baby Buddha with sweet tea and flower petals. We encourage everyone to bring an instrument, a poem, a song, a joke (suitable for the occasion), and to entertain the sangha during our shared meal after service. Roshi often plays his guitar.
This late Summer ceremony dates back to the time of the Buddha and was started to help one of his monks who had visions of his mother being tortured in hell. The ceremony was to help deliver her from hell. It has become a annual day to remember those who have passed away and it is also a time to recognize or remember your mother. You may submit any names of those who have passed away to the priests at the temple so they may be remembered during ceremony.
“Official Ullambana Date” August 21st, 2013 -
Bodhi Day: Buddha’s Enlightenment Day – (Japanese: Rohatsu)
On December 8th of each year (or on the weekends before and/or after the 8th), Mahayana Buddhists commemorate the moment Gautama became the Buddha (Enlightened One). Ordination services are often conducted at this time because of its auspiciousness.
Reaffirming the Precepts -
Celebrated the last Sunday of every month.
This is a time for those who have taken the five lay precepts to reaffirm them. It is also an excellent time for those who wish to take precepts to do so. Please request to take Precepts at least two weeks in advance.
What to expect at a DZC Sesshin/retreat? click here
(Please RSVP for all retreats)
Sesshins are Zazen retreats with little or no teaching.
Weekend Sesshin starts on Friday at 8:00 p.m. and ends Sunday after Morning Service.
2013: Weekend Retreat/Sesshin scheduled for 2nd full weekends of May (5/10-12), October (10/11-13) & December (12/13-15) 2013. Additional Sesshin TBA.
Teaching or Workshop Retreats are similar to Sesshins but replace several periods of Zazen with Dharma teaching.
2013: Dogen Sesshin (May 10-12) is usually a Teaching Sesshin, focusing on the Great Master Dogen Zenji (founder of the Soto School in Japan)
Day at the Temple retreats are designed to provide the experience of Temple life, and space for us to dive deeply into the practice for one day. The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. day includes Zazen meditation, a formal vegetarian lunch, Dharma talk by Roshi, and an ending ceremony.
2013: October 9th
The Rains Season: A time for intense practice and cultivation -
The Desert Zen Center observes the Rains Season from the middle of September to the middle of December when the Bodhi Day weekend retreat commemorating the enlightenment of the Buddha is held. This time period follows the Japanese tradition and honors the intent of the Asian tradition, which observes Rains Season training during their winter (monsoon) period. During this period of time, a retreat, Day at the Temple or a workshop is held on the second full Saturday of each month.
Rains Season Training at DZC: September (date TBA) through December 15th, 2013.
An article from our September 2010 newsletter, which explains our “Winter/Summer Training,” is found here.
Temple Work Day -
9 am. to noonish (sometimes ending at about 3 p.m. if we’re on a roll), vegetarian lunch included. A concerted experience of a day of samu (work meditation) in community.
Note: Desert Zen Center schedules temple events on the second Saturday of every month.
International Buddhist Education Center -
IBEC was founded as an English-Language Dharma Education project which, while open to all who are interested in the Buddha’s teachings, is designed to serve the youth of the Vietnamese community in Southern California. An Giao Roshi is a founding, teaching member of this organization and serves on the Board of IBEC.
(see the IBEC Facebook page here or visit their website at http://www.IBECWhiteLotus.org)
Both Roshi and Su Co will be visiting their new facility, White Lotus Dharma Center, located at 13071 Brookhurst Street, Garden Grove, CA 92843, to give Dharma talks in English at 2:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month.