Special Events

Currently Scheduled Special Events

Native Plant Sale Fundraiser

Spring Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, May 21 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at White House Studio, 23647 Woodward Ave, Pleasant Ridge.

We're excited to once again partner with East Michigan Native Plants! They grow pesticide-free Michigan native wildflowers and grasses, with a focus on plants that are important to our native pollinators, birds, amphibians and reptiles. 

Angela from East Michigan Native Plants will be onsite for any questions and to help guide you to the plants that are best suited for your personal space. They will be offering hundreds of different plants and flowers for you to choose from. Please bring cash or checks for your donation to support DGZ.

If you are interested in pre-ordering, we have printed order forms on the back table at the center. GoSo is available to collect your form and to answer any questions. Please contact her at [email protected]

Special Event Descriptions

Buddha's Birthday (Vesak)

Join us for one of our biggest holidays of the year. We will celebrate the birth, life and passing of the man we refer to as The Buddha. During this special service we typically hold a precept ceremony, baby blessings as we accept both young and old formally into our sangha.


One of the three holidays we celebrate at DGZ each year, Obon is a time of reflection of what has passed each year...and a renewal for that which is to come. Join us for this special service during our regular service. We will also be gathering for a potluck lunch together after the service is complete.

Obon Dinner

We hold a special dinner each year to join together with our sangha members prior to our Obon celebration. This will be a casual style dinner, with special dishes curated by Rev Kogen, Chef and noted Restauranteur. The dinner will consist of a number of traditional foods, reimagined... We will announce the dates, donation amount and menu as we get close to the event date. 

Awakening Sitting

Every year we gather to sit as the Buddha did during the night of his awakening. Our service will have additional readings, teachings and an opportunity to challenge your practice. All are welcome to help celebrate this important day. We will have a special service for one hour and an additional hour of meditation after the service.