OHIGAN SPRING EQUINOX SERVICE with guest speaker Rev. Blayne Higa, Sunday, March 15, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

Published March 8, 2020 by

Ohigan is celebrated every spring and fall during the equinoxes when the lengths of day and night are equal. In the Buddhist philosophy, this balance of light and darkness symbolizes the Middle Way, an expression of Buddhist Awakening. The word higan means the “other shore” of enlightenment.

This Ohigan we are very fortunate to have as our speaker Rev. Blayne Higa, resident minister at Kona Hongwanji Mission. Rev. Higa is a graduate of Waiakea High School. He holds a Master of Divinity from the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California with a focus on Shin Buddhist ministry and chaplaincy. He previously served as Assisting Minister of the Moiliili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and as Assistant Chaplain for the Pacific Buddhist Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Please join us on Sunday, March 15th to observe Spring Ohigan and learn about the Dharma. Service begins at 9:00 a.m. We welcome all members and guests alike.

Refreshments and fellowship to follow.

Note: In light of the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, let’s all be mindful of the guidelines for decreasing the transmission of respiratory illnesses. The State of Hawaii Department of Health list of recommended preventative actions include:

  • Stay home if you start to feel ill.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If you think your immune system is weak, it is suggested that you refrain from attending group gatherings for your own safety. There are many ways to “hear or listen” to the Dharma. KZOO radio on Saturday mornings (archived at our website), our websites, newsletters, and social media are all channels that we and the other temples of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii use to share the Dharma.

The health and safety of our members, friends, and community is a top priority for us.

Note: The Annual MHM Preschool PTO Breakfast Fundraiser has been cancelled. A new date will be selected.

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