Currently Scheduled Special Events
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 will be holding a precept ceremony, a baby blessing and the ordination of a Dharma Teacher. We will have a pot luck lunch as well - please see details at DGZ to sign up to bring something!
Sunday, May 15th 10:00am-noon
Native Plant Sale Fundraiser
We are partnering with East Michigan Native Plants for our yearly fundraiser. Help your neighbor Butterflies, Bees and Birds! These are pesticide-free, locally grown native plants that will be easy to care for and native to our area. You can pre-order (forms available at DGZ) or reach out to GoSo at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Pre-orders cash/check only.
Saturday, May 21th 10:00am-2pm at White House Studio: 23647 Woodward Ave, Pleasant Ridge
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.
Obon / Ullambana
One of the three holidays we celebrate at DGZ each year, Obon/Ullambana 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.
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.
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.
Taking the five basic precepts is a way to show your commitment to the path of the Buddha. We typically start the process in January each year providing an our members to apply to be part of the Dharma family that year. Home practice is required, leading up to our Buddha's Birthday event when preceptor will take part in the ceremony and accept the three refuges and the five precepts. Dharma families will receive a unique Dharma name each year.
Monk n' Munch
On occasion we gather after service as a Sangha outside of our Center to meet with Hoden Sunim and ask questions about Zen, Buddhism, practice and more, over tea, coffee and lunch. See the schedule at the top of the page to see when the next date and location has been set.