The Bodhi extends itself to local middle and high schools as well, offering week-long programs where the students engage in a daily monastic schedule that include early wakeup, zazen meditation, chanting, work practice, and silent meals. In addition, Bodhi Manda conducts traditional Buddhist ceremonies that are always open to the public and zazenkais (weekend-long meditation intensives).

WEEKLY INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION

On most Saturday mornings (from 9 a.m. to noon) and on Thursday (from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.), the Center holds an introductory program to Zen Meditation. The program includes several periods of zazen (sitting meditation), a Dharma talk, and lunch (Saturday only) with the Bodhi staff. Sitting instruction is available for newcomers.

There is no fee, though donations are always welcome. Please contact us to let us know you’ll be coming.

Hoshiki Bombai: Ceremonies

Hoshiki: “Dharma Ceremony” | Bom: “Chanting”; | Bai: “Beating [the drum]”

Equality is effected through Buddhist ceremonies as both lay and ordained persons come together and manifest Perfect Buddha Nature. Bodhi Manda holds various ceremonies throughout the year (listed below) which are open to the public and are followed by an informal lunch. Donations are welcome. Please contact us for more information.

January 1: New Year’s Day Ceremony

January 10: Rinzai-ki (Rinzai’s Deathday)

February 15: Nirvana Day (Buddha’s Deathday)

April 8: Hanamatsuri (Buddha’s Birthday)

October 5: Daruma-ki (Bodhidharma’s Deathday)

The Long Search Series screening

On February 1, 2017, the Bodhi Manda Zen Center began a 13-week program The Long Search series, “the most acclaimed religious philosophy series ever made.” Members of the public are welcome to join our watching of the series, which has served as the basis of successful religious philosophy courses around the world.

The course covers a variety of religious topics, and as such it is not necessary to attend every week’s presentation (the episodes are free-standing). See our calendar for schedule and further description. Donations are gratefully accepted.