On Sunday, March 18, 2012, RKINA held a Higan-E ceremony service.
Members gathered to celebrate this season and to pay remembrance of our ancestors. Members lit candles to offer the sincerity of gratitude they bear in their hearts and minds for their ancestors.
*Higan is a Buddhist holiday exclusively celebrated in Japan during both the Spring and Autumnal Equinox. People who normally worked in the fields had more leisure time to evaluate their own practices, and to make a renewed effort to follow Buddhism. Today, special services are usually observed in Japanese Buddhist temples, and Japanese temples abroad, based on the particular Buddhist tradition or sect. The etymology of higan means "the other or that shore of Sanzu River", which is a common euphemism used in Buddhist literature to refer to Enlightenment. One crosses from this shore of ignorance and suffering to the other shore of Enlightenment and peace. Emphasis on Ohigan is the teaching of the Six Perfections, as well as a renewed resolve to reach Enlightenment.