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Healing Ceremony

Healing Ceremony for the Indigenous Community

Healing Ceremony at the Toronto Zen Centre
17 JUNE 2021 Zoom Sitting Link
  • TZC via ZoomLocation
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PMTime

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, we will hold a special Ceremony of Healing in solidarity with the Indigenous community related to the discovery of 215 children's remains on the site of the old residential school in Kamloops, BC. It will take place during the evening's formal sitting. The evening starts with zazen at our regular time of 7:00 p.m. There is no dokusan this evening.

Our healing ceremony is a concrete way to express our compassion for the lost children, their families and all those affected by the devastation of residential schools. It is also recognizes the importance of healing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

If you are able, please wear an orange shirt or top. The orange shirt has become a national symbol of honouring residential school survivors.

A monetary donation is part of the ceremony. Proceeds are sent to an organization that provides direct aid to those in need. Since the ceremony is happening over Zoom, it is not possible to bring cash, but you are welcome to send in a donation via Interac or PayPal earmarked for this offering so that a single cheque can be sent to the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.

Lynne Davis's husband, Cameron Brown who himself attended a residential school will open the evening with some of his insights into this process.

Specific instructions are given just prior to the ceremony. All are welcome whether or not you are a member of the Centre. No dokusan this evening.