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[Real event] Kamakura Mindfulness Day August 12th (Saturday) August theme: “Life continues even after death - At Obon, where life and death meet”

Life continues even after death - Obon, where life and death meet This time, the 12th is right before Obon. It is a time when many people visit their graves and spend time thinking about their ancestors. It is said that customs that are a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, and folk beliefs crossed the ocean from the continent and settled in Japan. Even though our views on life and death have changed dramatically in modern times, this custom continues. When we die, does everything disappear and nothing remains? If that were the case, there would be no meaning in funerals, grave visits, and memorial services held every year. What is the meaning of holding incense sticks and joining hands in front of a Buddhist altar or grave, and what is the meaning of praying for the soul's soul?

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[Real event] Kamakura Mindfulness Day August 12th (Saturday) August theme: “Life continues even after death - At Obon, where life and death meet”
[Real event] Kamakura Mindfulness Day August 12th (Saturday) August theme: “Life continues even after death - At Obon, where life and death meet”

TIME AND LOCATION

Aug 12, 2023, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Kamakura city, Omachi Kaikan, 1-11-17 Omachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0007, Japan

ABOUT THE EVENT

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Kamakura Mindfulness Day August 12th (Sat)

Life continues even after death - Obon, where life and death meet

This time, the 12th is right before Obon. It is a time when many people visit their graves and spend time thinking about their ancestors. It is said that customs that are a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, and folk beliefs crossed the ocean from the continent and settled in Japan. Even though our views on life and death have changed dramatically in modern times, this custom continues.

When we die, does everything disappear and nothing remains? If that were the case, there would be no meaning in funerals, grave visits, and memorial services held every year. What is the meaning of holding incense sticks and joining hands in front of a Buddhist altar or grave, and what is the meaning of praying for the soul's soul?

We still cherish our interactions with the dead, to a greater or lesser degree. Even if we forget about it, thinking about our relatives who are no longer with us, including our ancestors we have never met, on milestone occasions such as Obon, has great meaning for those of us who are still alive.

At the last July meeting, we used Kenji Miyazawa's ``Night on the Galactic Railway'' as a meditative reading of a story that occurs between the worlds of death and life. Kenji's works show us the magnificent mandala of life depicted in the Lotus Sutra. The dead play a big role there. What is the bridge between life and death?

This time, we will once again experience ``life that continues even after death'' while quoting the words of Kenji Miyazawa, the poems of Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Lotus Sutra. I would like to take this time to look at the life that transcends life and death, not only for those who have passed away, but also for my own death that will eventually come.

Together with the ``breath that keeps us alive'' and ``the breath that connects life and death, everything.''  

 (This time as well, we will prepare a printout of the words that you can take home)

~Message from Mr. Shimada~

For now, put off your errands, get away from your busy life, and spend half a day in a quiet place.

Give yourself the gift of peace of mind and relaxation.

Switch from the mode of ``running errands'' to the mode of ``slowly savoring'' and experience the lively, fresh elements of your life, your friends, and nature.

It may be an unusual sight, a delicious food, or a wonderful word that you saw for the first time when you were a child.

We just forget.

Happiness is always here and now.

Mindfulness is about remembering.

There are many such things in daily life. Let's practice finding it together.

Guide Keisuke Shimada

While living in the Satoyama area of Tanzawa, she provides counseling, translation, writing, and on-site lectures.

While practicing mindfulness meditation, which he discovered in the early 1990s, he became a communicator in various fields.

He was a key member of Thich Nhat Hanh's tour to Japan in 1995, and has translated many of his master's works.

Numerous lectures, courses, and training sessions centered on mindfulness. He has written numerous articles for translated books and magazines. He incorporates ``mindfulness techniques that can be used in everyday life'' into his university classes, on-site lectures, online courses, and personal interviews.

His latest translations include ``Thich Nhat Hanh Poems: Please Call Me by My True Name'' (Nogusa Publishing) and ``Mindfulness in Partnership: Meditation Practices to Cultivate Love'' (Sangha: John Wellwood). )other. Own book “A miraculous journey through mindfulness: 20 lessons to help you return to your true self and live a fulfilling life” (Sangha) published. "Stanford Psychology Class Heartfulness ” Stephen Murphy Shigematsu (author), Keisuke Shimada (translator), etc.

Most recently, he appeared at the Wisdom2.0Japan International Symposium and appeared on NHK E-Tele's Tomorrow will be sunny! Appearing on Life Recipe.

``Yutori-ya''https://www.yutoriya.net/

[Date and time]   2023  Saturday, August 12th  13:30-16:30  (You can enter the room 10 minutes before the start.)

~Future plans~

Future plans are undecided, but we will let you know as soon as they are decided.

Contact  mindfulkamakura@gmail.com

【place】

This event is a real event.

Kamakura Omachi Hall 1-11-17 Omachi, Kamakura City

https://opd.opendata-japan.com/facility_and_place_v5s?facility_id=GV-U11Y-YBHF-AIWR

【Entry fee】

2000 yen

[capacity]

20 people (The deadline will be closed as soon as the limit is reached)

【Belongings】

Please bring your own drinks and participate.

[Organizer]

Zen2.0 General Incorporated Association

[About participation cancellation]

This event will be held with limited capacity. In order to provide the mindfulness experience to as many people as possible, if you are unable to attend due to inconvenience, please contact us as soon as possible.

If you are unable to participate without contacting us on the day of the event, we may refuse your participation in the next event, so please be aware of this in advance.

TICKETS

  • Participation ticket

    ¥2,000
    +¥50 service fee

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