Community interfaith service for Japan 3/21

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Dear Zen Center Members and Community Friends,

I know we are all heartsick and grieving over the deaths and devastation in Japan caused by the earthquakes, tsunami, and danger from radiation. This Monday evening, March 21, is when we have our Mandala Day ceremony at the Zen Center of Syracuse, and I thought it would be a good time to bring the community together for an Interfaith Service for Japan.

Mandala Day is a time of heightened awareness of spiritual interrelationship, so our prayers and chanting will have a profound and powerful ripple effect. The interfaith service will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Carriage House Zendo (the building behind the Zen Center's Joshua Forman House, 266 W. Seneca Turnpike). At 7:30, we will segue into our regular Mandala Day chanting of the 25th chapter of the Lotus Sutra, the Great Compassionate Dharani, and Namu Dai Bosa, ending around 8:15, and then will have refreshments and discussion in the Forman House.

Those who can come to help set up between 5 and 5:30 p.m. (putting chairs out, bringing and preparing refreshments, etc.) please e-mail We'll need helpers to clean up and put away chairs afterward, too.

Parking spaces at the Zen Center are limited, so carpool as you can, and the Onondaga Valley Presbyterian Church across the street has kindly offered to have people park there as well. I look forward to your presence.

Palms together,

Shinge Sherry Chayat