Chattanooga Now Buddhapalooza III

Chattanooga Now Buddhapalooza III

All welcome to day of meditation, lectures and performance

April 11th, 2013 by Staff Report in Chattnow Outabout

Carving of Buddha

Carving of Buddha

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.


What: Buddhapalooza III, Buddha's birthday celebration

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 13

Where: Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.

Admission: $7 suggested donation

Phone: 423-622-2862


Continuing a celebration of Buddha's birthday that began locally two years ago, the Zen Group of Chattanooga will return to Barking Legs Theater on Saturday, April 13, to offer a day of meditation, dharma talks (lectures) and performance to honor the great teacher.

Anyone interested in Buddhism will find times during the event to learn more, as Zen meditation instruction, a talk with chanting by followers of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and another from a senior disciple from the Atlanta Zen Center will be presented. Beginners' instruction in zazen, the Zen form of meditation, will be offered as well. The event will open with a traditional Zen hanamatsuri ceremony commemorating the Buddha's birth.

Performances designed to celebrate Buddhist thought also will be featured, including a reading of Walt Whitman's "Carol of Words," readings of a poem by contemporary Buddhist poet and former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center Norman Fischer and performances by a kirtan call-and-response music group and the Atlanta-based musician and Zen student Michael Goldman.

The day will be a benefit for the Chattanooga Zen Center, leading to the goal of incorporation as a nonprofit and eventually establishing its own space and zendo. The suggested donation is $7, but a pay-what-you-can policy means no one will be turned away.


• 10-10:30 a.m. Welcome and hanamatsui ceremony

• 10:30-11 a.m. Newcomers' meditation instruction, short zazen (sitting) period

• 11-11:30 a.m. Dharma talk (Zen) by Shokai Steven Hart

• 11:30 a.m.-noon. Reading of Norman Fischer's poem "A Model of the Universe"

• Noon-12:30 p.m. Newcomers' meditation instruction, kinhin (walking meditation)

• 12:30-1 p.m. Reading of Walt Whitman's "Carol of Words," discussion

• 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Music of Michael Goldman

• 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Dharma talk (Tibetan), Tara Mandala sangha

• 2-2:30 p.m. Kirtan call-and-response music group

• 2:30-2:45 p.m. Chanting of the Heart Sutra

• 2:45-3 p.m. Cutting of Buddha's birthday cake