Thursday, 20 September 2018

12th Death Anniversary Ceremony for Reverend Handa Shonin Sama

On Sunday 19th August, I attended the 12th Death Anniversary Ceremony for Reverend Handa Shonin Sama who died at the Buddhist Temple in Willen.
This started at 10 am with prayers by the Monks and Nuns of Nipponzan 
Myohoji, followed by Chanting and Prayers from other Buddhist traditions and also multi-faith prayers.
There were speeches in memory of Revd. Handa, and in memory of the victims of natural disasters and nuclear catastrophe, looking forward in the hope of a bright and peaceful future.
Revd. Handa had an unceasing wish that all of the children of the world would grow up in a world that is free from threats of war and of nuclear contamination.
More than this, however he knew that a truly peaceful world can only come about if the hearts of people can be changed, so that respect replaces self-interest and compassion replaces anger.
Until the day when his vision is realised, the Monks and Nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji continue Revd. Handa's work.
Alex Fox

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