Time & Location
Sep 20, 2023, 5:00 AM – Sep 26, 2023, 11:55 PM
Location is TBD
About the event
Ohigan is a gathering to praise the Buddha, and Buddhists choose to observe the holiday at the fall and spring equinox because it is a time when nature and the universe are in harmony. The sun rises directly in the East and sets directly in the West. The length of day and night are the same, and the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. It marks a passage of seasons. In the fall, we see the trees change colors and plants and animals prepare for the winter months. Nature begins to go to sleep starting in September.
It is said that this harmonious time of year is the perfect time to contemplate the six paramitas. Paramita literally means “other shore” and the six practices are the tools that one uses to reach the other shore of enlightenment. They are: dana, selfless sharing; sila, correct behavior; ksanti, patience; virya, effort; dhyana, meditation; and prajna, wisdom.