UP-COMING EVENTS OF THE UK TENDAI SANGHA
HAMPSHIRE – Shikan Do
Most of our services are conducted on a Saturday for convenience of those with family and jobs. Where a traditional celebration falls on a weekday we will try to celebrate it on the nearest Saturday, where appropriate.
Sat 15th Feb. 11am-1pm – Nehan-e (涅槃会), Commemorating the Buddha’s Death. We do not know exactly when the Buddha died, however the Japanese traditions commemorate this date in February. On this day we will have a special puja, meditation and dharma talk to commemorate this event.
Sat 21st March. 11am-1pm – Ohigan (お彼岸), celebrating the Spring Equinox. A time of balance and renewal of our practice of the 6 Perfections. We will have a puja and dharma talk, followed by meditation.
Sat 11th April. 11am-1pm – Kanbutsu-e (灌仏会), aka Hana-matsuri, or “flower festival”. A time when we celebrate the birth of the Buddha. A fun event for all the family, in which we ‘bathe’ an image of the baby Buddha in sweet tea.
Sat 9th May. 11am-1pm – On this day we will investigate an element of Buddhist practice. TBC.
Sat 6th June. 11am-1pm – Sange-e (山家会), Commemorating the death of Saicho, the Japanese founder of Tendai Buddhism. On this day we will have a puja, meditation and dharma talk.