Family Practice BZC Events for Families of All Ages

Parent/Guardian Dharma Study and Support Group

New in 2022!  We’re launching an online parent dharma group (to become in person with childcare when Covid allows). The idea is for us to support each other in holding and growing our parenting as an expression of practice.  The theme for our first meeting is Taking Refuge in Buddha.  The group will meet on the 2nd Wednesday at 8 pm. Upcoming meetings:

Wednesday, January 12 at 8:00 pm
Wednesday, February 9 at 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 9 at 8:00 pm

If interested in joining us, please email Laurie Senauke lauriesenauke@gmail.com

Family Practice Email Group

To make it easier to publicize, announce and remind ourselves about family practice activities at BZC, we have a Google group. We’d love to have you join this list if you have children in your life, even if you don’t typically attend family practice events. We promise to send, at most, ONE email per week, just a short reminder of upcoming events. To join, just email Laurie (lauriesenauke@gmail.com).

Due to the pandemic, there are no in-person family programs at this time. Here’s what the Family Practice used to look like:

Family Practice Gathering

BZC Family Practice is offered on most Saturdays (still check the calendar for details, and always RSVP so we can share late-breaking news), at the usual time, from 9:30 to 11:15.

Our program consists of crafts, songs, stories, check-ins, the making and serving of snack, walks, craft and art projects, and other things that spring to mind.  We journey together, “to wake up and to sing!”

Ad Hoc Supervised Play and Support

Coverage for Zazen Instruction and Beginner’s Orientation (8:45 Saturdays), the Saturday program during the summer months, and Practice Discussion is available by prior arrangement. Along with our interest in discovering and developing new forms of practice within our day-to-day family life, we want to help you keep the flame of formal practice alive. Contact Laurie (lauriesenauke@gmail.com ) to make arrangements.

Special Ceremonies: Sejiki and Buddha’s Birthday

Twice a year, families join the larger BZC sangha.

In late October, we hold our Sejiki ceremony, based on the Japanese Obon Festival and held near the time of Halloween. We call forth and nourish “hungry ghosts” and call out the names of family and friends who have passed away in the last year.

In early April, we offer our Buddha’s Birthday celebration. Usually we put on a little show and then everyone has a chance to bathe the baby Buddha.

Joining together, we bring forth the meaning of these traditional ceremonies. Watch the calendar for the exact dates.

Family Sesshin

Also dormant – also could re-emerge based on conditions.

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