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Meditation - Tuesdays, 6:00 PM 

Temporarily suspended due to social distancing restrictions.

Each Tuesday evening. Led by the monks of Lions Gate Buddhist Priory. Meditation instruction for beginners will start at 6:00 pm, followed by meditation and walking meditation at 6:30 pm. Tea will follow. No previous experience is necessary, and all are welcome.

Rev. Kōten Benson and the monks of Lions Gate Buddhist Priory live at Dragon Flower Mountain near Lytton. They practice Serene Reflection Meditation (Sōtō Zen) which emphasizes basic Buddhist meditation and the keeping of the Precepts within the training of everyday life. The Priory is off-grid and conditions are primitive as they strive to plant a mandala of Buddhist training in the mountains.

For further information or to arrange for meditation instruction, please contact

Chinese New Year 

The first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar (between January 21 and February 20). Join us for tea and traditional Chinese pastries.

Lantern Festival

Fifteenth day of the first month of the Chinese calendar (usually February). The Lantern Festival marks the closing of New Year festivities and is celebrated with night lantern displays. We will light our lanterns in honour of the Lantern Festival.

Kwan Yin Ceremony for Peace and Healing

Third Sunday in February. Hosted by the monks of Lions Gate Buddhist Priory. 

Kwan Yin, which means, She who listens and responds to the cries of the world, is the embodiment of Great Compassion. After having spent eons of time helping beings, she was about to enter the highest heave when a cry came up from the world beneath. Hearing the cry, she turned back. She is honoured all over East Asia including China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. She never judges or refuses to hear anyone no matter what they may have done. She was enshrined in 1880 in the Joss house temple in Lytton and although that temple was eventually torn down she never abandoned the site and the Chinese continued to honour her in Lytton.  

She is very much honoured in our Soto Zen school of Buddhism so when we heard about her temple having been here in Lytton we were inspired to start holding her festivals on the Joss house site to honour the memory the early Chinese as well as a way of offering peace and healing to the surrounding community.

Lytton River Festival

Labour Day Weekend. The Museum will be open extended hours to join in the weekend’s festivities. See

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