Under the Bodhi Tree

Take a turn under the Bodhi Tree at Peace Camp to promote World Peace. For one 24-hour period at camp there will ALWAYS be someone sitting under the Bodhi tree! Campers of all ages are encouraged to sit.

Sitting for World Peace is our prime directive.

Are you fit to sit? Campers (and kids too!) may sign up for a time slot* in advance and optionally, may ask for sponsorship from family, friends, and neighbors. For example, perhaps grandma would agree to donate $1 per minute for Kusun to take a turn. If Kusun sat for 30 minutes, she would collect $30 from grandma! Funds raised will go to the Family Program general fund.

Our 24 hour Meditation Marathon asks us as students and practitioners, how each one of us might practice meditation, and attain concentration and oneness to serve all beings. Starting with ourselves, we may cultivate inner peace and happiness through the practice of meditation. And through our own peaceful thoughts, words and deeds, we may inspire others to do the same creating an outward spiral that reverberates worldwide. Like the Buddha who sat in meditation committed to his spiritual quest, we sit as a symbol of our commitment to our part in cultivating peace, harmony and happiness for all beings.

Our goal is to have a 24 hour sit by swapping out meditators at camp – all ages are welcome to sit for a minute, 15 or more.

Sit with your family, sit with your buds, sit with a stranger, sit just you. Any way you sit, just sit…be there all the while bending your mind towards peace.

Proceeds will go to the general family program fund to be used where most needed such as scholarships for participating in temple sponsored events and programming like Peace Camp.

Participants, sign up for one or more time slots here.

This document is open for editing, please mindful of entries others have posted. Suggested sit time for adults and teens is 30 minutes.

Download and share this information flyer about the event with family and friends.

Sponsor a Meditator, Donate to the Zen Family Program

No matter what your spiritual path, every sentient being has the right to feel love and compassion and to realize peace in their hearts.  The Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple Family Program aspires to realize a compassionate and peaceful world, and the interconnection of all beings. Through our active and sincere participation and practice of mindfulness, we support family life and create a vibrant space for spiritual exploration and expression.

100% of your tax deductible donation will go towards the general family program fund to be used where most needed including scholarships for program participation in temple sponsored events and programming such as Peace Camp.

Peace Camp is an annual, week-long outdoor all ages retreat in the woods. It is 100% run by campers and organized by the Zen Buddhist Temple located in Ann Arbor Michigan. This Zen Buddhist retreat fosters a sense of peace, happiness, and nature awareness among campers of all ages. Campers work together in community and experience the Buddha’s teachings in a beautiful, outdoor setting in Michigan.

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