Combined Japanese & English Service
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH at 10:00 A.M.
Dharma Talks by:
Minister Assistants Leo Joslin & Rev. Lee-Miyaki
Ohigan, which means the “Other Shore” of Nirvana or Pure Land, as opposed to “This Shore” of Samsara or Delusion, is observed by Buddhists during the spring and autumn equinox of each year. In our Jodo Shinshu tradition, the Ohigan observance is also called Sambutsu-E, or “Gathering in Praise of the Buddha,” which is one of the two purposes of ritual gatherings - the other being to listen to the teachings. During these two times of the year, the days and nights are equal in length and the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. It is a time for Buddhists to meditate on the harmony of nature which pervades the universe and to devote oneself to the realization of this harmony in one’s own inner life.
Saha Film Series
The 2017 computer animated film Coco, will be shown in English with Japanese subtitles, at 11:30 A.M. The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the “Land of the Dead”, (another name for hell), where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great grandfather to return him to his family among the living.