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Shuso Hossenshiki and Buddha’s Birthday Ceremonies

April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

Hybrid Hybrid Event

Shuso Dharma Inquiry, Practice Period Closing & Buddha's Birthday Celebration

Please join us at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon or online via Zoom for these special ceremonies.

The Everyday Zen Bay Area Practice Period 2024 concludes with the Shuso Hossenshiki or Dharma Inquiry ceremony, the culmination of the Shuso’s duties as head monk. This will be followed by a celebration of the Buddha’s birthday.

Dharma Inquiry and Practice Period Closing

In the Dharma Inquiry ceremony, Anlor Davin (Mei Kan Gen Shin, Luminous River Manifesting Faith) will respond to questions posed in turn by each member of the practice period sangha. With this, she and the sangha together will express their understanding of the dharma.

Following the Dharma Inquiry ceremony, Norman will formally close the circle of Practice Period.

Celebration of Buddha’s Birthday

The afternoon’s events conclude with a celebration of Buddha’s birthday by bathing a figure of baby Buddha with sweet tea under a beautiful canopy of flowers. All are invited to participate in this joyful practice.

To end the day’s gathering, we’ll have a reception with a light dessert.


Asking a question of the shuso during the Dharma Inquiry ceremony is reserved for practice period participants. Others are invited to attend and observe, and to join us in chanting and bowing. Practice period participants will receive an invitation with instructions on forming a question a few days before the ceremony.

Chants: The Dharma Inquiry ceremony begins with the assembly slowly chanting the Heart Sutra, linked below.

Covid Protocols: In-person attendees are expected to review and follow our current Covid protocol.

Register to Attend In Person

Zoom Link to Attend Online

You do not need to register to attend online. Please enter the Zoom meeting before the ceremony begins, with enough time to settle into your seat and your audio on mute.

Link: Join on Zoom
Meeting ID: 818 1405 8944
Passcode: Zazen (note the upper case “Z”)

Attending at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon

Attending in Person

Please register to attend in person (see above) and arrive early with time to settle in. Chairs are provided. If you prefer to sit on a zafu, please bring your own.

Attending on Zoom

Attending Online

You do not need to register to attend online. Please enter the Zoom meeting with time to settle into your seat before the ceremony begins, with your audio on mute. Please remain muted unless you have been invited to speak. Join in the chants with your mic off and follow any links or instructions shared in the group chat by the Zoom host.


Supporting Everyday Zen

We appreciate your support and cannot continue offering teachings online without it. To simplify our accounting, please make your donation online, if you can. If you prefer to send a check, visit the Donate page on our website.

Suggested donation for ceremonies (in person or online): $15 or whatever you are comfortable contributing.

Everyone is welcome and no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds.

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April 13
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
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Jane Flint & Neal Shorstein, Registrars


Community Congregational Church in Tiburon
145 Rock Hill Rd
Tiburon, CA 94920 United States
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