Special Events

In addition to regular sitting practice, the Morning Star Zen Center sponsors weekend retreats and public Dharma talks from time to time, with visiting Zen Masters and other teachers.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive announcements of special events, please feel free to contact us.

Buddha’s Birthday Celebration on Sunday, April 12th, 9:00 am

The Morning Star Zen Center will be celebrating Buddha’s Birthday on Sunday, April 12th, starting at 9:00 am.  We’ll have morning practice with special readings, and then, for the first time, we’ll do the ceremony of washing the Baby Buddha.  Finally, we’ll gather for birthday cake, ice cream and conversation.  Family members and children are encouraged to join us in washing the Baby Buddha and for the birthday party.

If you have robes, please plan to wear them.

Inclement Weather

A reminder that when we have snow, as we do today, or other weather that may make travel to the Zen Center treacherous, please put your personal safety first and stay home if travel feels dangerous.

In honor of this weekend’s weather, here’s a poem:


Lighting the Fire

Hello!  Light the fire;

I’ll bring inside

a lovely bright ball of snow.


Holiday Practice Schedule

We will not have practice at the Morning Star Zen Center  on Christmas Eve (December 24th) or on New Year’s Eve (December 31st).  We WILL have practice on Sunday, December 28th and on January 4th our regular schedule will resume: 6:00 pm on Wednesdays and 9:00 am on Sundays.

Best wishes for whatever holidays you celebrate and for the New Year.  Be safe, practice faithfully, try, try for 10,000 years and save all beings from suffering (starting with yourself!)

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Celebration December 7, 2014

Please join us for a celebration of Buddha’s Enlightenment Day on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 9:00 am.

We’ll join in regular morning practice with special readings and then have tea, coffee, cookies and conversation afterward.

Please bring your robe and kasa if you have one.

We look forward to seeing you at this major celebration of the Buddhist year!

Join Us for a Celebration of Buddha’s Birthday on April 6, 2014

The Morning Star Zen Center will celebrate Buddha’s Birthday on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at  9:00 am.  We’ll start with morning practice, including some special readings.  If you have robes and kasas, please wear them!

Immediately after practice, we’ll gather for birthday cake and other refreshments and have an opportunity to do some creative activities, as well as visit informally.

Please join us!