Ceremonies and Observances

In addition to a deep commitment to Zen practice, sangha life at the Hazy Moon is anchored by rituals that connect us to the ancient lineage of Mahayana Buddhism and that profoundly enrich our lives as individuals. Please check our schedule page regularly to find out what’s happening when. We’d love for you to join us.

ShuHo

ANGO AND SHUSO HOSSEN

The tradition of Ango (which means “peaceful dwelling” in Japanese) began with the original Buddhist sangha that formed around Shakyamuni in the early years of his teaching in northern India. (continue…)

 

 

Honmei-Jukai-250JUKAI

The precepts are central to all Buddhist traditions. In our Japanese lineage the precept-taking ceremony is called Jukai. In taking the precepts you formally become a Buddhist and a bond is developed between student and teacher. (continue…)

 

 

 

 

MitsuinTokudoTOKUDO

Tokudo is the ceremony that marks a practitioner’s ordination as a Zen priest. To enter the priesthood means to commit oneself forever to the service of others.  (continue…)

 

 

 

IMG_2023FUSATSU

Fusatsu, our service of atonement, is one of the most beautiful and profound ceremonies in the Zen tradition. (continue…)

 

 

 

PariPARINIRVANA DAY

Parinirvana Daycommemorates the death of Shakyamuni Buddha and his entry into Nirvana. (continue…)

 

 

 

 

Pink-flowers250HANAMATSURI

Hanamatsuri commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth on April 8th. It literally means festival of the flowers. (continue…)