FALL OHIGAN

Combined Japanese & English Service

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 at 10:00 A.M.

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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.

A Lite Luncheon will follow in the Social Hall.