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The Soto Zen Annual Event Calendar

Soto zen Buddhism event calendar with information on yearly events that take place in spring, summer, Autumn, and winter.

Equinox Ceremony (Higan-e) March

In Japanese, there is a proverb that says "Hot and cold weather last until the equinox".

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Hana-matsuri

Shakyamuni Buddha's birthday is celebrated on April 8th.

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O-bon, Sejiki-e

The memorial services held at Obon have two meanings.

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Higan-e, Ryosoki, Darumaki

In Japanese, there is a proverb that says "Hot and cold weather last until the equinox".

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Rohatsu Sesshin, Jodo-e, Danpi Sesshin

The week between December 1st and 8th is called Rohatsu Sesshin, which is a whole week of intensive zazen.

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O-misoka

On December 27th, the rice-cake pounding ceremony takes place and great quantities of rice-cakes are made.

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Nehan-e

January 26th is the birthday of Dogen (the Founder of Soto Zen).

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