The term Obon is from the Sanskrit for Ullambana the sutra from which the tradition of Obon began. Obon is a memorial for all our temple members who have died. It is an opportunity for us to honor and express gratitude to them. Honor your family members who have died, practice Dana and do not fear death, but embrace it and live if fully. To embrace death means to know the truth of your life and to live it fully means to live a life of gratitude. Join life and join Obon by partaking in life. Eat, dance and live then you are ready to die.

Hanamatsuri literally means the Flower Festival. This is the time when we celebrate the birth of Siddartha Gautama who would later become the Buddha the Enlightened One. Born in Lumbini’s garden on April 8, 563 BCE, legend tells us that a sweet rain fell and the trees were in full bloom. In celebration of his birthday we re-create the event with a hanamido (flower shrine) with a statue of the baby Buddha who is bathed in sweet tea.
Literally meaning a thread that holds things together, in Buddhism the are the words of the Buddha that have been passed down to us.

The Dharma is one of the Three Treasures. Literally meaning the law, in Buddhism it refers to the teachings of the Buddha. In Jodoshinshu it is the Dharma that reveals to us the truth of our lives.

Shinshu is often used to refer to Jodoshinshu.

Jodoshinshu literally means the True Pure Land School or Sect. Founded by Shinran Shonin (1173-1263).