Gate of Sweet Nectar Workshop

THROUGH THE GATE OF SWEET NECTAR:  Learning the Heart Liturgy of Feeding the Hungry Spirits

Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26, 2015

Led by Roshi Bernie Glassman and Roshi Egyoku Nakao

This weekend program explores the power of this rare and beautiful liturgy that invites all suffering spirits into the mandala of our practice. The ceremony invites in all forms of hunger and offers the meal of the Five Buddha Wisdoms as we open ourselves to the reality of suffering and our liberation from it. 

In this workshop, we will learn the liturgy, its history and meaning, and enact it.  As this is the core liturgy of the Zen Peacemaker Order (ZPO), priority for the training will be for Zen Peacemaker Order members. To receive this priority, all ZPO members are requested to register by Sunday, April 5.

Saturday, April 25 & Sunday April 26 – Schedule for both days

7:00 a.m.            Breakfast (optional) and Clean-up

8:00 a.m.            Registration

8:30-9 a.m.         Gate of Sweet Nectar Service

9-9:50                Zazen

10-12                 Roshi Bernie talks about the Gate**

12-1:30 pm          Lunch and Clean-up

1:30-3:30 pm       Gate of Sweet Nectar Service position trainings

3:30-4 p.m.         Gate of Sweet Nectar Service – with participants

Fee for both days

$250 for ZPO Members & ZCLA Members

$350 for Non-Members

Includes 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches.

To register, email

To reserve your spot, please indicate if you are a member of the Zen Peacemaker Order and send in a check for your fee to:

Attn.: Senshin, Program Steward

Zen Center of Los Angeles

923 S. Normandie Avenue

Los Angeles, CA  90006

We also take credit cards if necessary.


Lodging not included.  Staying at ZCLA is limited and not-guaranteed.

ZCLA lodging rates: $75 per night plus $10 linen fee.

For lodging request, email




We are also opening the lectures to those who would only like to hear Roshi Bernie speak on the Gate of Sweet Nectar. 

Roshi Bernie Glassman Lectures on the Gate of Sweet Nectar


Sat. April 25, 10:00 am-Noon

Sun. April 26, 10:00 am-Noon

**Fee to just attend Roshi Bernie lecture on Sat & Sun. 10 a.m. -Noon

ZCLA Members:  $ 30 one day; $40 for both days

Non-ZCLA Members: $ 60 one day; $80 for both days

Includes lunch. Spot confirmed upon payment.

RSVP a must.  Please rsvp to and indicate that you are signing up for the “Lecture only” and whether you wish to attend: Saturday, Sunday or Both



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