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I noticed this weekend's services at some of my local temples are listed as "Nirvana day" so this Sunday I'll tag along with a few pals from my pure land sangha and attend one or two [of the three!] local Jodo Shinshu temples in the region.
It seems the actual Nirvana day is Feb 15 but some Buddhists apparently mark it as Feb 8 [disclaimer: I'm new to most of this so I'm no expert, that's why I tend to read and digest -- way more than posting]. But it's kinda cool that the weekend falls between the two.
My more regular haunt is the local Zen center. They don't seem to specifically mention Nirvana day, but it may be incorporated in some way such as the dharma talk, we'll see.
Just wondered if anyone else's sangha marks the occasion and has any observations on how it should be approached and what one would wish to be mindful of, since it's Lord Buddha's physical death, approaching this calendar event.
I noticed one Zen monastery in NE England described their event: "It is a powerful ceremony, largely in darkness, marking the death of the Buddha, with the use of light to show the teaching that though a person died, the Life that he discovered is always available, if we are able to look up and keep our faith bright."