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Monday, December 2, 2019

Science of Mind and Rohatsu

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This month we are celebrating the many ways various spiritual traditions observed the Holy Days. Today we are exploring Rohatsu, a Japanese Buddhist celebration of the moment the Buddha achieved enlightenment.  Rohatsu in Japanese means the eighth day of the twelfth (lunar) month, which means it sometimes falls in January. After the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, the celebration became fixed on December 8 and is sometimes called Bodhi Day. Bodhi means awakened or enlightened. Those who celebrate Rohatsu sometimes extend each evening's meditation, making it longer than the previous evening and culminating in a night-long meditation.

To view this week's video on YouTube, click here.

Also, this month, we are paying tribute to the Christian tradition of Advent by focusing on the qualities of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love in our free Wednesday Wisdom classes at 7 pm. Rev. Tara Steele, Rev. Siota Belle, and Rev. Joyce Kinzel will be facilitating the first three Wednesday evenings; and then on December 25, we will have one service only at 10 am on Christmas morning, focusing on love, and facilitated by Rev. Ruth Barnhart. All are welcome.

If you would like support in your meditation practice, Rev. Siota Belle is hosting a Wednesday evening meditation, from 6 to 6:45 pm starting on January 8, called Inviting the Sacred. Watch this bulletin for more information about how to start your new year off on the right spiritual footing.


Edward Viljoen

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