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Temple Nights are held just before the spring Jukai ceremony and are an important preparation for Jukai. This spring, Temple Nights will be on Tuesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 14, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, and until 9:00 pm on Thursday.
What is Temple Night?
Temple Night represents a unique event on the Zen Centre's annual calendar, dedicated to gratitude and devotions. That is, as our practice is centred on recognizing the Buddha nature within ourselves—and within all beings—we use this ceremony in a tangible way to connect with our deepest aspirations, and to celebrate this practice of unveiling our Buddha mind.
The Centre is made to be like an East-Asian temple, and decorated with special brocades and colourful saris. Throughout the entire main floor are altars with flower arrangements, candles, and fruit/candy offerings. These have been carefully arranged beside and in front of beautiful and varied Buddha figures—seated Buddhas, standing Buddhas, figures of Kannon (the bodhisattva of compassion), Jizo bodhisattva, Manjusri (the bodhisattva of wisdom—the figure found on our Zendo altar).
Temple Night also includes an altar honouring our past ancestors, those Buddhist teachers who have inspired practitioners through many cultures and lands, and who have exemplified the dharma through their inspiring efforts, for the benefit of all beings, since the time of the Buddha.
Traditionally at Temple Night there is a Home Altar for member’s own figures. This year, you may wish to set up and decorate an altar in your own sitting space. Elements may include a figure, flowers or greenery, candles, fruit, incense—various expressions of one’s gratitude.
Who can come to Temple Night?
Temple Night is open to anyone: members, family and friends of the Centre. All are invited to Zoom in and participate in the devotional atmosphere of this very special evening. A number of altars will be set up at the Centre, and the camera will be placed in front of each altar in turn. Chanting will take place at different times during the evening.
Anyone who is in good health and has not recently been exposed to illness may attend in person.