Ceremonial Expression of Commitment to our Mother the Earth
Join us on Monday April 22nd for our EARTH DAY CEREMONY at 6:15 pm. The ceremony will take place outdoors and will consist of several parts:
First, the assembly will have the opportunity to write words of gratitude, intention, and vow with regard to our commitment to
our Mother the Earth on paper ‘ema,’ or plaques. Blank plaques will be available during the days approaching the ceremony, so please stop by beforehand to offer an intention, even if you cannot make it to the ceremony itself.
Following a ritual purification of the space, we will offer bows, incense, and chanting of an excerpt from Dogen Zenji’s Mountains and Rivers Sutra – during which time the ema will be ceremonially hung from the great oak in the front yard. The oak tree, which was symbolically ordained in 2014, reminds us of our unfathomable and absolute mutual interconnection with all things, and specifically that nature greatly deserves and needs our utmost respect, care, and stewardship.
Austin Zen Center 3014 Washington Square Austin, TX 78705 www.austinzencenter.org
Donations graciously received
AZC is a not-for-profit that relies on the generosity of its members & supporters