Gate of Sweet Nectar Ceremony
3/10/2017, 7:00pm at Myoshinji
The Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony will take place at 7:00 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 Palatine, IL at Countryside Church on February 19.