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Fall Ohigan (Equinox) Service

Sunday, September 25, @ 10:30 am 11:30 am

Ohigan (Fall Equinox) Service 9/25 – 10:30 am

“The day of Ohigan, What a Fine Time to Plant Seeds of Enlightenment“

Ohigan services are held during the Spring and Fall equinoxes, when the days and nights are of equal length, and it is neither too hot nor too cold. It is a time when we are encouraged to strive even more energetically along the Buddhist path and strive to become enlightened.

It is one of the few religious holidays which has no direct link to Shakyamuni Buddha’ rather it is distinctly a Japanese holiday. The word “Ohigan” comes from the Sanskrit word “Paramita”, which means the “Other Shore.” It is an abbreviation of “To-higan” with “To” meaning “to arrive.” Therefore, to-higan means to arrive at the Other Shore. The Other Shore is Enlightenment or Nirvana. In contrast to the Other Shore is this shore or “shigan” in Japanese. Shigan denotes samasara or this world of birth-and-death crossing over the sea of worldly passions arising from illusion.

Thus, Ohigan is a time for us to express our gratitude to Amida Buddha for giving us the Six Paramitas and awakening us to the boundless Compassion and Wisdom.

Details

Date:
Sunday, September 25,
Time:
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost:
Free
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Website:
www.SpokaneBuddhistTemple.org

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Spokane Buddhist Temple
Phone:
(509) 534-7954
Email:
SpokaneBuddhistTemple@gmail.com
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927 S. Perry
Spokane, WA United States
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