The Eugene Zendo, Butsugenji, began as a small sitting group associated with Dharma Rain Zen Center in the early 80's. In 2000, Ejo McMullen-osho returned from Japan and transitioned into the role of Head Priest.
In 2002, the group settled at it's current location in West Eugene and has grown in size and stability since then. In 2004, Ejo's teacher, Keira Joshin Roshi, came to perform the temple dedication (kaitanshiki) and gave us our name: Yujin Kidenzan Shobobutsugenji, Eugene Spreading Happiness Mountain True Dharma Buddha Eye Temple.
Our group is a medium-sized with a membership of around 50 people. Regular events, Tuesday evening and Sunday morning, gather 20-30 people at a time. As part of our Sunday morning gathering, we have a Children's Program.
We have early morning zazen 5 days a week. We also hold 2 90-day practice periods a year which around 20 people participate in. During those practice periods we hold two 3-day sesshin and practice period participants meet every Thursday evening for zazen and study. We hold monthly Atonement Ceremonies (Ryaku Fusatsu) on the evening of the full moon.
There is a yearly calendar of special ceremonies to commemorate important Buddhist holidays.
In addition, we have social gatherings and make effort to be a place where friends, family and people not interested in Buddhism feel comfortable and welcome.
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