Autumn Higan (fall equinox observance)

Event details

  • Monday | September 19, 2016 to Sunday | September 25, 2016
  • All Day

The word Higan means the “Other Shore” of enlightenment. Higan is a week-long observance, held during the weeks of the vernal equinox and autumnal equinox. Hongwanji temples hold special services during this time.

Traditionally, Amida Buddha’s Pure Land is regarded as being in the west. On both equinoxes, the length of day and night are equal, and the sun sets due west. People see the setting sun at due west and peacefully reflect upon Amida’s Pure Land. During those times, the weather in Japan is mild and calm, so people use it as a wonderful opportunity to learn Buddhism and reflect on their lives.