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Hanamatsuri 2024

Sunday, April 7th, we celebrated the Buddha's birth with the Hanamatsuri (Flower Festival) Ceremony.  We commemorated the birth of the prince Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Gautama Buddha and taught what we now call Buddhism.  All present bathed a statue of the baby Buddha with ama-cha, a sweet tea to welcome his teaching into our lives.


Nehan-e 2024

Commemorating the Buddha's Nirvana

Saturday, February 17th , as part of its monthly Zazenkai practice intensive, the El Paso Zen Center commemorated the Buddha’s passing, his nirvana, through the Nehan-e (Nirvana Day) ceremony.  The usual Buddha statue was removed from the altar and replaced with the statue of the Buddha reclining on his deathbed.  A print of one of the traditional paintings of the Buddha on his deathbed surrounded by his grieving disciples was also placed above the altar.  Among other things, the ceremony included a reading from the Maha-Parinibbana Sutta of the Pali Canon that describes the Buddha’s passing, chanting of the Homage To The Buddha’s Relics, chanting of the Heart Sutra and a reading of the Nehan Offertory.


Hanamatsuri 2023

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