special events

AT DESERT ZEN CENTER

YEARLY EVENTS

April-May

Buddha's Birthday

During the Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony in Spring, we chant and bathe a statue of the baby Buddha with sweet tea and flower petals. We encourage everyone to bring an instrument, a poem, a song, a joke (suitable for the occasion), and to entertain the sangha during our shared meal after service. FAQ

July - August

Vu Lan

This late Summer ceremony dates back to the time of the Buddha and was started to help one of his monks who had visions of his mother being tortured in hell. The ceremony was to help deliver her from hell. It has become a annual day to remember those who have passed away and it is also a time to recognize or remember your mother. You may submit any names of those who have passed away to the priests at the temple so they may be remembered during ceremony. 

Desert Zen Center honors this day according to the Japanese Calendar, and will celebrate on late July – Early August, starting at 11:00 a.m.   This will be the final ceremony and luncheon on the last day of our special Summer Teaching Sesshin. FAQ

November - December

Bodhi Day

Bodhi Day: Buddha’s Enlightenment Day – (Japanese: Rohatsu) On December 8th of each year (or on weekends before and/or after the 8th), Mahayana Buddhists commemorate the moment Gautama became the Buddha (Enlightened One). Ordination services are often conducted at this time because of its auspiciousness. FAQ

THE RAIN SEASON

May - July

Summer Training

The Rains Season: A time for intense practice and cultivation – September through December, Giao Roshi explains our “Summer/Winter Training” In the time of the Buddha, all monks and some laypeople came together for training during the Rains Season. Our Rains Season observance is just about to begin. FAQ

September - December

Winter Training

The Rains Season: A time for intense practice and cultivation – September through December, Giao Roshi explains our “Summer/Winter Training” In the time of the Buddha, all monks and some laypeople came together for training during the Rains Season. Our Rains Season observance is just about to begin. FAQ

Temple Work Day

Work Meditation

Temple Work Day starts at 9 am. to noonish (sometimes ending at about 3 p.m. if we’re on a roll), vegetarian lunch included. A concerted experience of a day of samu (work meditation) in community.

Note: Desert Zen Center schedules temple events on the second Saturday of every month. FAQ

Contact

  • 10989 Buena Vista Rd, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356
  • roshiangiao@outlook.com
  • 760-985-4567

Summer & Winter Training

Desert Zen Center Doesnt Charge for Retreats However, Welcome Donations

*”You shouldn’t chase after the past or place expectations on the future.  What is past is left behind. The future is as yet unreached. Whatever quality is present you clearly see right there, right there.”  —  Bhaddekaratta Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya of the Pali Canon)

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