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Saint of the Day for Sunday, February 1st, 2015: St. Brigid of Ireland


today’s holiday: Jizo Ennichi


Jizo Ennichi

Tradition calls for Japanese Buddhists to honor Kshitigarba Jizo on the 24th day of each month with a ritual known as Jizo Ennichi. Kshitigarba Jizo is a Bodhisattva, or “Buddha-to-be.” Among Japanese Buddhists, he is known for helping children, women in labor, and the wicked. He is also believed to participate in ushering in the souls of the faithful when they die. His statue is most often found outside temples, where he can guide both the dead and the living. Shrines in his honor are set up along roadsides, since he protects travelers as well. More… Discuss

today’s holiday: Birthday of the Dalai Lama


 

English: Inside Potala Palace, Dalai Lama form...

English: Inside Potala Palace, Dalai Lama former residence. Italiano: Interno del palazzo del Potala, residenza del Dalai Lama fino all’esilio in India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Birthday of the Dalai Lama

 

This celebration is held on July 6 for the birthday of the current Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political head of Tibet. The present Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (b. 1935), is the latest in the line that began in the 14th century. Each Dalai Lama is believed to be the reincarnation of the preceding one, and when a Dalai Lama dies, Tibetan lamas search throughout the country for a child who is his reincarnation. The birthday is observed today by exiles in India with family picnics, traditional dances and singing, and incense-burning ceremonies to appease the local spirits. More… Discuss