Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony

All are welcome to join us in celebrating Buddha’s Enlightenment.

With the approach of winter solstice and the end of Rohatsu sesshin – the winter retreat that is the most intense and usually the longest of the year – many Zen temples celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment. This year AZC will mark the close of our fall practice period with a brief ceremony, and then hold our celebration on December 10th during our regular public program.

Shakyamuni Buddha vowed not to get up from sitting under the bodhi tree until he had completely understood the nature of reality. We mark the day that he looked up and saw the morning star, and awakened to the truth of reality. He, the star, and all beings awakened together. We praise Shakyamuni by chanting and circumambulating while the big drum keeps time, expressing our joy that Buddha discovered and taught the way to waking up which we practice today, for the benefit of all beings.

Please join us!

*  As this is a fundraiser for the Austin Zen Center, please donate an amount you feel comfortable donating. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.