From Ango Opening to the culminating ceremony of Shuso Hossen, Summer Ango 2022 unfolded in a spirit of grace, discipline, and harmony set by Head Trainee Lurleen Honshin Benzian. Truly a “peaceful dwelling” for Ango participants, the training period concluded with Honshin’s successful defense of her koan, “Hogen’s Hairsbreadth,” Case 17 in the Shoyoroku.
After a year’s postponement due to COVID-19 precautions, Head Trainee Jody Kujaku Glienke presided over Shuso Hossen in July 2021 at the culmination of Summer Ango. Local sangha members were joined online by those at a distance as she presented a dharma talk and lively defense of her koan.
Little Rufus Delacruz charmed the sangha with his pure presence when parents Julie Honmei Snider and Angelo Delacruz brought him to the center for a baby blessing by Nyogen Roshi. Before the ceremony concluded, Rufus was given a miniature mala (and had stolen the hearts of everyone).
We observe the traditional Zen ceremony of Hanamatsuri, or flower festival, to commemorate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha on April 8. Born standing up, he took seven steps, raised his right hand and declared, “Above the heavens, below the earth, I alone am the World Honored One…”
Shuso Hossen ceremony for Lailah Dainin Shima and the culmination of Summer Ango 2019.
Hazy Moon Priest Laurie Kyoji Anderson’s love of animals and deep respect for ceremony gave birth to our annual Pet Blessing a decade ago. Some Sangha members bring their pets to the outdoor event while others bring photos to place on the altar. By offering chants, incense and flowers, and by reciting the names of our pets, we are acting on their behalf to liberate them from suffering and bring them to great joy.
A faithful member of the Dewdrop Sangha, Kathy Cummings began her practice in 2013 as she moved toward a time of transition in her life. Since then, she has come together with the sangha in retreats from New Mexico to New York, including multiple visits to the Hazy Moon…
To close out the old and ring in the new, the sangha gathered at the culmination of our Year-End Sesshin for the New Year’s Eve ceremony of revolving the sutras, which has been enacted for generations in our lineage. Hosso Sensei officiated at the service, demonstrating the inherent power and benefaction of the eternal now, […]
In a ceremony that has been replayed over centuries, Patrice Taishō Bucher took the vows of tokudo, or ordination as a Zen Buddhist priest, committing herself forever to a life of service.
In a powerful conclusion to the 2018 Summer Ango training period, Head Trainee Rafael Doshin Carrasco presided over the traditional ceremonies of Shosan, or public dokusan, Tea Ceremony and Shuso Hossen, where he defended his presentation of the koan “The World-Honored One Ascends the Platform..”
Combining his commitment to practice with his love of travel, Stefan Munen Kampf has cultivated equal devotion for both the Hazy Moon and its sister temple, the Black Scorpion Zen Center in Mexico…
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 […]