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EASTER TIME ANCESTOR MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Dharmavidya David Brazier, Head of the Order of Amida Buddha, has created a new ceremony to be performed on Easter Sundays in Memoriam of our important proximate spiritual ancestors (see below *).
This ceremony has some sense of death and rebirth, since it falls at Easter and since it celebrates important founders of our spiritual enterprise.
As our next sangha gathering, following Easter, is on 5 April, we will perform this ceremony during that evening.
There will be a small ancestors' shrine in the centre of the room, in addition to our main shrine, and we will circumambulate around this during part of the ceremony.
In addition to our spiritual ancestors, I would like to invite you to remember your own family ancestors during the ceremony. If there is anyone in particular you would like remembered, bring a photo of them or their name written on a piece of paper to place on the ancestors' shrine.
* Anniversaries of Gisho Saiko, Amrita Dhammika, and Gyomay Kubose
19th March is the anniversary of the death of Gisho Saiko who died age 79 in 2004. Gisho Saiko was a prominent Jodoshinshu priest and professor of psychology who endorsed Dharmavidya's work and imparted to him his wish that he bring the Pureland message to the West. :: link
26th March is the tenth anniversary of the death of Amrita Dhammika age 50. Amrita was a minister of the Amida Order who did invaluable work in Africa and died while on duty in Zambia. :: link
29th March is the anniversary of the death of Gyomay Kubose age 94 in Chicago. Rev Kubose was the first patron of Amida Trust and a great support in our early days. In his own right he was a leader of Japanese-Americans during the difficult period that they experienced, during and following the Second World War. He established the Jodoshinshu Temple of Chicago. :: link
Sangha Gathering on 5 April
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Venue: 'Taigh an t-Solais'
19 Fairmount Terrace, Barnhill, Perth PH2 7AS
Details of where to find us are :: here
Note: Meetings are open to all.
No experience necessary.
Come along and join us - and bring your friends!
All meetings include Pureland Buddhist practice, tea and biscuits, time to check in with each other.
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