Bodhi Day, or Rohatsu which means the eighth day of the twelfth month, is this very day. Traditionally in Mahayana Buddhism Rohatsu is the day we celebrate the Buddha’s Enlightenment and in Zen, we generally end the week-long Rohatsu Sesshin (intensive retreat) at midnight on the 8th. For a number of reasons our retreat here at Throssel ends on the 15th December and starts on the 10th.
A happy and joyous Buddha’s Enlightenment Day to all who come here and read, have read and will read this blog, now 15 years old. To think, it was just an experiment! The photograph was taken three years ago at the Monterey Market in Berkeley, Northern California.
The Buddha lacks for nothing but needs something. Our hands!
This is a day late yet non the less heart felt.
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And a happy Bodhi Day to you too Mugo – for yesterday. There was a Soto Zen celebration in front of Mansion House (the Mayor of Dublin’s abode) at the invitation of the Mayor herself. The first of several multi-faith events .
That is BRILLIANT! Were you there?
Unfortunately current restrictions prevent me travelling to Dublin by public transport. However it did make the Irish teletext news,where I learned of it. It took place in the Mansion House garden where every year a nativity crib with real animals,sheep and donkey,is erected.
Thanks Ian, This makes Irish Buddhists around the world very happy I’d imagine.
According to the article Rev.Myozan Kudo,main celebrant,was representing 10,000 Buddhists in Ireland.
There are several Buddhist centres in Dublin,mainly of the Tibetan tradition.There is a temple in N.Dublin of the Theravada tradition. Soto Zen does not have a permanent centre as such but holds meetings in thr Friend’s Meeting House once a month. Myozan appears to be the only officially ordained Buddhist priest in Dublin,hence his representing all the rest. Keep safe,warm and comfortable.With bows.
Thanks for this and for the time and thought you put into your blog. Always interesting. Always something different. 😊🙏🏽
Oh thanks Myra. But that I could devote more time to writing for the blog. The rest of living calls me away from the screen. Which is probably a good thing in the end.
thank you dearest Rev Mugo 🌼🙏🏽🌼
Aw, thanks nice Nic.