Buddhist Holidays & Events Information


NEW YEAR’S DAY SERVICE (Shusho-E)……….. January 1

We begin the new year with a service at the temple resolving to listen more intently in the Buddha’s teaching throughout the year.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SHINRAN (Hoonko) January

We gather to express our appreciation to Shinran for showing us the teaching of nembutsu.

NIRVANA DAY (Nehan-E)…………………….. February

On this day we observe the death of the Buddha.

SPRING EQUINOX CELEBRATION (Higan-E)….. March

Higan, meaning the other shore or enlightenment, is a service conducted on or about the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.  At these times of the year when the weather is ideal, we endeavor to strengthen our commitment in the Buddhist life.

BUDDDHA’S BIRTHDAY (Hanamatsuri)…………… April 8

This service is a celebration of the Buddha’s birth.  We gather at the temple with flowers and pour sweet tea over the image of the infant Buddha.

SHINRAN’S BIRTHDAY (Gotan-E or Fujimatsuri). May

On this day we commemorate the birthday of Shinran, founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect.

BUDDHIST MEMORIAL DAY (Obon)……………….. July

While reflecting on our interdependence to our ancestors, we rejoice in our opportunity to hear the Buddha’s teaching.

AUTUMN EQUINOX CELEBRATION (Higan-E)… September

Again, we rededicate ourselves to living as Buddhists.

PERPETUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE (Eitaikyo)… November

At this service, we remember all the departed members of the temple.  In particular, we honor those who are named in the Eitaikyo Register. (Donors to a special Eitaikyo Fund have the names entered in the Eitaikyo Register.)

BODHI DAY (Jodo-E)…………………………… December

This service is in commemoration of the enlightenment of Gautama Buddha.

NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICE (Joya-E)………. December 31

On New Year’s Eve, we gather to express our gratitude in our Dharma friends for the kindnesses received throughout the year.

 


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