This month we celebrate the Buddha’s birthday, called “Hanamatsuri” (flower festival). He is honored as the founder of the Buddhist teachings. In Jodo Shinshu, however, his birth has another meaning. Continue reading “Buddha’s birth: The Real Reason”
By Bishop Kenjun Kawawata
Traditionally, many people on February 15 observe Nirvana Day, the day when Shakyamuni Buddha passed away.
When we hear about the Buddha, we often think he was not like us, but rather someone more like a super human being. We should not forget he really was the same as you and me. He was born as a human being and he died as a human being.
Continue reading “Nirvana Day: World of Awakening”
Ring in the new year with an online New Year’s Day service. Continue reading “New Year’s Day Service”
This month typically many of our temples make “mochi,” traditional Japanese rice cakes. They hold “mochitsuki,” a special day for making mochi. Unfortunately because of the pandemic, we’ve put this activity on hold. Nevertheless, please enjoy this description of a timeless tradition. Continue reading “Mochi Time”
Buddhists officially don’t celebrate Christmas, but many of them decorate trees that suspiciously look like the holiday tree. The running joke is that they’re really “Bodhi” trees. Continue reading “Up Next: Bodhi Day”
In case you missed it or want to see it again, Here’s a Bon Odori summer dance memorial in Berkeley, California via online Zoom presentation due to the pandemic. See this special one hour program, held July 11, 2020.