Photo by Steph Wenderski
with Chris Fortin and Jennifer Block
at Green Gulch Farm
Sundays in 2015, 2 - 4:30 pm
March 8, 2015
October 11, 2015
In this afternoon event, people of all walks of life and loss gather to acknowledge and mourn the death of children—those born and unborn. We first create handmade offerings in the Japanese Buddhist tradition of Jizo Boddhisattva, and then say goodbye in a ceremony of remembrance and letting go. Our time together ends with a procession to the garden, where we tie paper prayers on the memorial cherry tree with the intention of nurturing the beings who have died and the beings who continue to live.
This memorial event originates in the Japanese Buddhist tradition of honoring of Jizo Bodhisattva. One of the most beloved figures of Japanese Buddhism, Jizo statues with childlike clothing and other remembrances are common on roadways, in parks and in cemeteries. Various items are placed on or near a statue as an offering and petition by grieving parents in hopes that Jizo will protect their lost child.
It is very common for those in attendance to be mourning a child who had not been born yet. Men and women are welcome. Couples, friends and families have found it quite healing to attend together. You are welcome to bring children, and please know there are several periods of quiet time. It works best if at least two adults attend the event so one can attend to the children if they are not able or willing to participate in the quiet time. There is outdoor space to explore/enjoy if this is the case.
Fees: Cost is $15 per person plus an offering of dana (the practice of giving or generosity) to support the teachers and the teaching.
To Register: Please visit the registration page. For more information please contact Jennifer Block at 415.246.7664 or firstname.lastname@example.org.