Celebrating Vesak at Yokoji
May 26, 2013 by Jokai
Today we celebrated Vesak, the commemoration of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. Renka and Enguetsu rose early to create a wonderful floral bower for the Buddha, depicted as a child pointing to Heaven and Earth and declaring "Below the Heavens and above the Earth, I alone am the world-honored one!"
During the ceremony, service participants ladled sweet tea over the Buddha child and the children present added more flowers. It was a joyful event with a palpable sense of celebration in the Buddha Hall.
Thank you to all those who worked so hard in preparation.
As the officiant, I composed and read the following poem:
The standard for all ages,
Gotama of the sun race practices with us still.
A life of comfort cast aside,
His great achievement is our great achievement.
Awakening countless beings,
A legacy written in the clear blue sky.
Shakyamuni Buddha, please accept these poor words:
The trail once blazed,
Winds ever on
Distant peaks stand merged
In summer's haze.