with Doka Sensei




Here, O Sariputra, form is emptiness and the very emptiness is form; emptiness does not differ from form, form does not differ from emptiness; whatever is form, that is emptiness, whatever is emptiness, that is form, the same is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses, and consciousness.


Heart Sutra

Ceremonies allow us to embrace the formless with the form.   It helps us to acknowledge and accept impermanence with grace and without sadness.   It allows us to celebrate a transition or a rite of passage - a new beginning or sometimes the conclusion of an event in our lives.   It also helps us to strengthen the practice and to connect with partner, family, Sangha, life and the One.

Buddhist Ceremonies

Ceremonies related to Buddhism, Zen, Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death.


We celebrate the circle of life, transience and awakening from the world of illusion.


Doka, Zen Priest

Life Transitions

Life transitions are challenging because they force us to let go of the familiar and face the future with a feeling of vulnerability.


We celebrate the impermanence, non-attachment and birth of the new.


Doka, Zen Priest

Tea Way

It celebrates simplicity, unity and emptiness, and removes cultural, hierarchical and aesthetic elements.


It is performed as zen practice that celebrates non-attachment, no duality and no differentiation, with the purpose of  "emptying the cup".


Doka, Zen Priest

All ceremonies follow Zen simplicity with the goal of bringing you closer to your next destination. It is an interactive event in which you are the main actor.  Depending on the nature of the ceremony, the location may differ. All celebrations will be held by the Doka Sensei, Zen Priest.  For more information please contact HINOTORI, the Urban Nun Zendo.