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Shuso Hossenshiki and Buddha’s Birthday Ceremonies

April 8, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 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 2023 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.

In the Dharma Inquiry ceremony, Myogen Neal Shorstein will express their understanding of the Dharma in a lively question and answer period and reaffirm their commitment to Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

Please note: Participation in the Dharma Inquiry ceremony by asking a question of the shuso 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.

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

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.

Please register whether you plan to attend in person or online via Zoom.

In the form below, please select whether you will be attending online via Zoom or in person at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon.

Attending in person? We require all in-person attendees to review and follow our current Covid protocols.

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Upon registration, you’ll receive:
— Zoom login information
— A reminder email 24 hours before the event begins 


Choose one:
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Attending at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon

Attending in Person

Please 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

Once you have registered (see above), you will be sent a confirmation email. You will also be sent a reminder email with the Zoom login information 24 hours before the event begins. 

If you do not see the confirmation email within a few minutes of registering, please check your spam folder. Gmail users, please also check under the Promotions and Updates tabs in your inbox.


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): $10 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 8, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 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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