Life and Death

Head Teacher Ejo McMullen
Sun  May 19  10AM

"In birth there is nothing but birth and in death there is nothing but death. Accordingly, when birth comes, face and actualize birth, and when death comes, face and actualize death. Do not avoid them or desire them."

These words come from Dogen-zenji's teaching called "Life and Death" They are his deep encouragement to encounter directly the great mystery of our coming and going. What gateway lies in facing life? What gateway lies in facing death?

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This Sunday: Buddha's Birthday

Sunday April 7  10 - 11:30 AM

Every year on the Sunday closest to April 8th we celebrate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha some 2,500 years ago. Known as the “Flower Festival”, this celebration is perhaps the most bright and festive of the year.  We bathe the baby Buddha with pure water steeped with spring blossoms. After the ceremony, we enjoy temple-made rice pudding and enjoy the return of spring.

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