Famine Relief Ceremony via Zoom

Thursday, May 20, 2021  |   7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | ZOOM

Famine Relief Ceremonies are a concrete way to express compassion for those who are suffering from the deprivations of hunger. Some people choose to fast that day according to their desires and abilities—for example, foregoing solid food or skipping a meal. Once a year, during the Fall Famine Relief Ceremony, the Zen Center matches all donations. This year, the donations will be matched at the ceremony on November 4.

Zazen begins at 7:00, the ceremony starts at 7:20 with chanting, prostrations and circumambulation. Specific instructions will be given just prior to the ceremony.

A vegetarian food offering is normally part of this ceremony, but as we cannot accept food donations, you are encouraged to donate to your local food bank. A monetary donation is part of the ceremony. Proceeds are sent to Oxfam or local food shelves. Donations can be made by check or via the donation form below. Please be sure to indicate it its for Famine Relief.