April is the birthday month of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, the Shakamuni Buddha.He is called the Shakamuni Buddha because he is from the Shakya region of India in the sixth century BCE.
Our Dharma Service will held on Sunday, April 9 at 10:00 AM. All are invited and welcome. Please come.
We will be celebrating his birthday on Saturday, April 15th at 11:00 AM, at our Hanamatsuri (Flower Festival) Service.
April 16, No Dharma Service
April 23, No Dharma Service (Federation of Dharma Teachers Association Conference)
April 30th at 10:00 AM Dharma Service. All are invited and welcome, please come.
The Flag is a recent addition to Buddhism. Col. H. S. Olcott, who was born in New Jersey in 1907, first presented it in India. The flag is just a small part of his total contributions to Buddhism and his death date is still celebrated throughout India and South-East Asia. A large photo of him hangs in most of the Buddhist schools and colleges he helped to establish. Continue reading “The Buddhist Flag”
This is a presentation to the temple of a new baby. If there are lots of new babies, it is held once a year. If there are fewer babies, the babies are brought to the temple when they are 33 or 100 days old. It is a joyous occasion for the entire Sangha (congregation) but it is not a baptismal event. It is an acknowledgment that a Buddhist family has a new baby that will become part of the Temple family. Continue reading “Basic Rites of Passage in Shin Buddhism”
A Buddhist tradition of ringing the big, outside Temple bell 108 times at year’s end is both welcomed and significant. And, if it is not possible to be among those gathered at a temple to observe this tradition, the home Obutsudan (shrine) or a quiet place where you slowly count to 108 can be your gathering place.
The ringing traditionally begins at midnight of the last day of the year. The last striking of the bell takes place at 1:00 AM on New Year’s morning. More modernly, we gather earlier that evening for the ringing of the bell. Continue reading “Ringing the Temple Bell 108 Times”