Gate of Sweet Nectar Ceremony
2/19/2017, 7:30pm at Countryside Church
The Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony will take place at 7:30 PM on Friday, March 10. It is based on a sutra called the Kan Ro Mon, commonly chanted in Japanese monasteries today. The ceremony will follow a period of zazen (meditation).
The Kan Ro Mon is said to have originated as a prayer given to Buddha's disciple, Moggallana to help his mother who was suffering in the Hell of Hungry Demons. Whenever she attempted to eat, the food burst into flames, causing even more suffering. By the offering of this prayer, her suffering was relieved. Roshi Bernie Glassman, founder of the Zen Peacemaker Order, translated the Kan Ro Mon along with his teacher, Maezumi Roshi and added elements from other traditions to create the Gate of Sweet Nectar. The Gate of Sweet Nectar is about bringing nourishment to those, like Moggallana's mother, who are forgotten, marginalized or uncared for. When we invoke this ceremony, we vow to become aware of and nourish all parts of ourselves and society.
We hope you will join us for this inspiring ceremony. Please note that we will hold another Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony in Monroe, WI at Myoshinji on March 10.
Donations Accepted for Water Protectors at Standing Rock
As part of this event, we are taking a collection of needed items for the medics caring for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota. The following is an explanation and list of items requested by the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council. Please bring any of the following items to Countryside Church on Feb. 19, the night of the ceremony. We will box and send the items to North Dakota. Please let Roshi know if you have any questions.
If you are not able to attend on Feb. 19, you may drop off the items any Sunday night at Palatine or any Friday night or Saturday morning at Myoshinji. The Medics are moving their facilities to be safe from potential spring flooding. They have identified weight loss due to insufficient calories for the harsh winter weather conditions as a major issue.