The year is winding down, but there are still a lot of activities coming up in the next several weeks. This Sunday, the Kisaragi Quartet is performing their second concert at the Buddhist Temple of Salinas, in the hondo. The quartet has been hard at work, polishing new songs to perform for everyone, so please come and enjoy the music!
In the month of December, the Buddhist Temple of Salinas has a full schedule of events. The weekly Meditation Experience will be taking place on Saturday, December 7 & December 14 at 9 AM.
On Sunday December 8 at 10 AM, the temple will be observing Bodhi Day and December Shotsuki service. Bodhi Day celebrates the day that the historical Prince Gautama Siddhartha (Shakyamuni) attained enlightenment to become the Buddha, the Awakened one. The December monthly memorial service is a service honoring family and friends who passed away in the month of December.
On the same day, the temple will be holding Udon Feed from 11 AM to 1:30 PM. Please come and enjoy the Japanese noodles, particularly delicious on a winter's day.
On Sunday December 15, the temple will be holding our annual Mochitsuki. Mochi is pounded sweet rice, a traditional Japanese winter treat. Regular mochi is perfect size for eating, and kazari mochi is for display on New Year's Day, and then eaten. Information and flier are posted below.
On Sunday December 22, the temple will be holding our biannual general clean up. Temple classroom, gym, and garden areas need to be cleaned, and we could use as much help as possible, so please come if you are able.
Finally, on December 31, the temple will hold New Year Eve service which is marked by reflection of the year gone by and the traditional ringing of the large bell tower, 108 times to represent the 108 shortcomings of man. This ritual prepares us to release the year, so that we are ready to welcome the New Year on the following day.
The January 1 New Year Service is one of our largest of the year. Service will begin at 10 AM.