Sunday Services

Sunday Service

9 a.m. Set up the temple. (All are invited to help.)

9:30 a.m. Morning chants followed by silent meditation

10 a.m. Service begins

11-11:30 a.m. Social time 
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Follow along using the Rituals and Practices Handbook

Dharma Talk Audios and Videos

Listen to audio recordings of archived Dharma Talks and Chants. Recordings will be uploaded to our YouTube channel as they become available.

Observed Buddhist Holidays and Ceremonies

Buddhist holidays are based on the lunar calendar and differ by country and tradition. Ceremonies may be scheduled periodically for Preceptor and Bodhisattva graduations and teacher ordinations. We observe the following:

Bodhisattva Ordination and Reception: second Sunday in Aug.

Ullambana Day and Potluck: last Sunday of the Oct.

Bodhi Day and Potluck: first Sunday of the Dec.

Preceptor Ordination and Reception: second Sunday in Dec.

Paranirvana Day and Potluck: first Sunday in Feb.

Buddha’s Birthday and Potluck: first Sunday in May

For our Buddhist holidays and ceremonies schedule, check the Calendar or subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Sunday Morning Services

We strive to be a warm and welcoming community and want all to feel accepted and comfortable here. We also want to be respectful of the sacredness of the Dharma Hall and those who use it. With that in mind, we ask that all do their best to observe these protocols prior to the start of services.

What happens at Sunday service?

What should I wear? 

It is best to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes that are dark or muted colors so as not to be distracting. We also ask that you refrain from wearing perfumes and colognes out of respect for those who have allergies or sensitivities. You will be asked to remove your shoes in the entryway so please wear socks or use the clean socks provided before entering the dharma hall.

Do I have to sit on the floor?

No. We provide chairs and meditation benches for those who have limitations and cannot sit in traditional Zen fashion on mats and cushions. We will help you find the best way for you to sit with us in meditation.

Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend?

No. The core values of Buddhism and the spiritual practice of meditation are conducive to enhancing any other spiritual tradition and its practices. All faith traditions are invited to attend. You are welcome to participate in as much or as little of the service as you feel comfortable.

If you are a first-time guest, please arrive at 9:15 a.m. for an introduction to temple etiquette and to answer any questions you may have. 

Visitors and students

If you are a visitor or a student who wants to visit the temple as part of an assignment, please be advised that only the Sunday, 9:30 a.m. service is appropriate. Drop-in visits to weekday activities are not suitable.

Can I bring my child/children?

Parents are welcome to bring their infants with them to the Sunday Service. It is a joy to hear the sounds of children and parents should feel welcome and included. If your child becomes uncomfortable, please feel free to bring them downstairs until they are ready to return. For children that are not comfortable with the adult service, Sangha School is available to families during Sunday service from September to May. Learn more about ourr Children’s Program.

For updates, check the Calendar or subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

We care about your comfort

Michigan weather can change quickly, especially as the seasons change. The temperature in the temple may also fluctuate. So for your comfort, wear layers of clothes that you can add or shed.

Weather notices

In the event of severe weather, we will send e-alerts and post on social media platforms. To receive special weather notices, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Temple Health Precautions

• Stay updated with COVID-19 vaccines.

• If you feel unwell for any reason, even if you’re vaccinated, please stay home to rest and recuperate.

• Masks are recommended if you are unvaccinated.

• Wearing a mask is optional.