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Special Events

Upcoming Events

Rohatsu Sesshin
Dec 04, 7:00 PM EST – Dec 09, 12:00 PM EST
Annual end of the year sesshin commemorating Buddha's Enlightenment. During these silent retreats participants follow a schedule based on Soto Zen monastic tradition. which includes serveral periods of meditation, ceremony, ritual meals, and Dharma talks and dokusan, each day.
Serving Tea & Tennis Balls with Jonathan Rendo Flaum
Dec 05, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
Great Tree ONLINE
Rev. Rendo Flaum will be the special guest speaker this Saturday during November sesshin.
Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony
Dec 13, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Our annual ceremony will be held online via Zoom. Join us at
New Year's Sesshin - ONLINE
Dec 28, 7:00 PM – Dec 31, 12:00 PM
Close the year with this special sesshin led by Rev. Teijo Munnich.
Remembering Katagiri Roshi, A Conversation
Jan 17, 2021, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Online with Zoom
With special guests Rev. Joen O'Neal and Rev. Gempo Michael O'Neal. Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Dainin Katagiri Roshi and remember his teaching with his lineage holders Rev. Munnich and company.
Andrea Martin: The Light That Shines Through Infinity
Feb 13, 2021, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM EST
Join us for 3 special Saturday morning lectures with Andrea Martin, editor of serveral works by Dainin Katagiri Roshi. 30 minute zazen period followed by lecture.
Rev. Shoken Winecoff: Zen & Everyday Life
Mar 06, 2021, 9:30 AM
Rev. Shoken Winecoff, abbot of Ryumonji Zen Monastery joins us as our guest lecturer. He is a Dharma Heir of the late Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and received formal training with Ikko Narasaki Roshi and Tsugen Narasaki Roshi at Zuioji Zen Monastery and Shogoji Zen Monastery in Japan.
Rev. Dokai Georgeson: An Appropriate Response
Apr 24, 2021, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Zoom 523 211 9427
Rev. Georgeson, guiding teacher of Hokyoji Practice Community in Eitzen, MN joins us for Saturday Sangha morning.
Rev. Daitetsu Norm Randolph: Zen Stories
May 08, 2021, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Rev. Randolph, dharma heir of Katagiri Roshi and guiding teacher at Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis will be are special guest speaker for Saturday Sangha.
Rev. Steve Hagen: Awe and the Dharma
Jun 12, 2021, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Rev. Tokan Steven Hagen, dharma heir of Katagiri Roshi and author of Buddhism Plain and Simple is our special guest speaker.
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