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Tenth Anniversary celebrations, 22-23 February 2014

posted 13 Feb 2014, 17:41 by Sally McAra   [ updated 18 Feb 2014, 17:04 ]

Concert and Book Launch

This Saturday (22 Feb), we're holding a concert at the Centre. Richard von Sturmer will introduce a lineup of talented poets, musicians and other performers, there'll be light refreshments at half-time.

We'll also be launching a 48-page publication to commemorate the anniversary, which includes writing by people involved with the Zen Centre and a history of Zen in Auckland. The book will be on sale at $20 a copy.

The evening's events start at 7pm. RSVP for Saturday night here.

Sitting, Ceremony of Gratitude, and Picnic

On Sunday (23 Feb), we'll have an informal sitting at the Centre, starting at 8:30 a.m. and then a Ceremony of Gratitude* at 9:30 a.m. (please wear a robe if you have one -- children and spouses welcome).

After that, you're welcome to join us for a picnic brunch, meeting at about 11:00 a.m. at Cornwall Park (see below for meeting spot). Please bring a plate of vegetarian food to share and something to sit on.

If you have any trouble finding the group, call or text Peter McQuarrie 027 458 6187, or Helen Gallagher 027 293 7263, for the location.

We hope to park in the carpark off the roundabout at the end of Pohutukawa Drive and set up somewhere under a tree in the big field below the memorial steps (look for a white gazebo tent), but if not, Peter or Helen will be able to direct you.

Maps will be available at the Centre. If rainy we'll stay at 15 Church St for the meal.

RSVP for Sunday morning here.

*A Ceremony of Gratitude is a chance to express thanks for anything that you feel particularly grateful for; there is an opportunity to speak if  you wish, and written statements are also read out (people not attending may email Sensei a few lines to include).

For more information or to get involved in helping out, please contact the coordinator, Helen 027 293 7263, h.gallagher61@gmail.com.

Food: Sally 021 0237 7475, info@aucklandzen.org.nz.

Getting There

Auckland Zen Centre, 15 Church St, Onehunga (concert, sitting, ceremony). Map here. If coming by car, please do not park in front of Coster Motors. There is a parking lot just to the right of Coster Motors which we can use.

Cornwall Park (brunch)

We'll meet in the carpark directly off the roundabout at the end of Pohutukawa Drive, near the toilets, and set up under one of the large trees on the edge of the big field. If you have any trouble finding the group, text one of the numbers above. Map here.