ASSOCIATION NICHIREN SHU ITALY
THE GREAT CEREMONY OF JODO-E
directed by Angelo Giammarresi
Renkoji, 8 December 2009
The Nichiren Shu tradition of observing this serene ceremony called Jodo-E has its roots in the realization of enlightenment of Buddha Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, at the age of 35 years has experienced a spiritual awakening at the foot of the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, in ancient India. After years of hard ascetic practice, Siddhartha Gautama, as he sat in deep meditation under the Bodhi tree, at the dawn of December 8, he saw the star rising in the morning and realized his "awakening" and became the Buddha Sakyamuni.
It was no longer a common or ordinary person. He achieved the brilliance with which he could free all mankind from suffering. After obtaining enlightenment, the Buddha has been decided that he could not keep these teachings only for himself and so he dedicated the rest of his life to helping all of us to learn what he had learned that each of us could become an enlightened being equal to Him...