At the Hazy Moon, we maintain the form of practice given to us by Maezumi Roshi, which combines aspects of Soto and Rinzai Zen as well as traditional Buddhist observances. One’s personal commitment to practice may be expressed in such milestones as Jukai, or precept-taking; Tokudo, which is ordination as a priest; and Shuso Hossen, the ceremony culminating one’s service as Head Trainee or Head Priest during an Ango training period.
Meditation retreats help us learn to approach everyday life in a more mindful way. Oryoki, or mindful eating practice, is one of the most practical elements of a traditional Zen retreat–though for newcomers, the ritual of oryoki can often seem intimidating. In this video, a student at the Hazy Moon Zen Center shares his appreciation for oryoki and its place in the daily flow of events during a retreat.
We observe the traditional Zen practice of Hanamatsuri, or flower festival, to commemorate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. The birthday is observed on April 8, which coincides with the arrival of cherry blossoms in Japan, considered the first sign of spring. All celebrants at our service offer flowers at the altar and participate in the […]
When we receive the precepts we are not given something that exists outside ourselves. To truly receive the precepts is to realize your true nature, revealing your life as the very body, form, and functioning of the enlightened state. — Maezumi Roshi
Learn the basics of Zen meditation in less than five minutes. Clear, step-by-step meditation instruction, as practiced at the Hazy Moon.
Hanamatsuri is our annual commemoration of Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth. The name literally means festival of the flowers. We mark the occasion by creating an altar of fresh flowers and holding a special service…
If you’d like to include chants in your home practice, scroll down to find links to our complete chant book and Zendo recordings of several of the seminal chants in Zen.
Services introduce the aspect of ritual into our practice. Specifically, a “service” consists of a chant, performed in front of the altar, to transmit the energy, intention and benefit of our practice into the world we inhabit…
Under the bright shine of a supermoon, the Hazy Moon Sangha marked its 20th consecutive New Year’s Eve ceremony. Concluding the annual Year-End Sesshin, participants dedicated the merit of their practice through all space and time by chanting a full service; performing the atonement ritual of Fusatsu; and generating auspicious blessings of peace, wisdom, and […]
Parinirvana Day commemorates the death of Shakyamuni Buddha and his entry into Nirvana.
Fusatsu, our service of atonement, is one of the most beautiful and profound ceremonies in the Zen tradition.
At the Hazy Moon, we use many Zen terms carried forward from ancient monastic practice. Here is a glossary of words and phrases that you may encounter when you practice in a Zendo. Explanations of other Zen ceremonies and activities are found on our Practice & Traditions page. Buddha – Literally, “awake.” Also refers to […]
Obon is a traditional Japanese Buddhist observance which allows families to honor and feel closer to their loved ones who have died. It’s a time for sharing memories, prayers, rituals of food and drink, nourishment and generosity.
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.