Saturday May 19th
Crestone Community Interfaith Day
Community Interfaith Event @ Dharma Ocean
10:20 – 11:05 AM
Ashtanga Yoga - Annie Pace of Shakti Sharanam Yoga Shala
11:15 AM– 12:00 PM
The Nine Breathings of Purification - Gerry Heikes of Chamma Ling Retreat Center
1:30 – 2:15 PM
Experiencing Fullness – William Howell of Sanctuary House and the Crestone End of Life Project
2:30 – 3:15 PM
Tai Chi – Bill Smith of Way of Nature Fellowship
Note that the intensives take place at the same time as the short programs and kirtan in the shrine room so you will need to choose what you'd like to participate in most.
For directions to Dharma Ocean click here
4:00 Taiko Concert @ Shumei Center
Fire, Water, Earth Tea Offering immediately followed by
- Sampai for World Peace
Fire, Water, Earth Tea Offering
For the first time in the U.S. Tea Master Yoshino Sosho will conduct a tea offering prior to the start of the world peace sampai. This is an extremely unique and unusual occasion to witness a ceremony held only on rare occasions even in Japan. The ceremony will be simultaneously be conducted at all three of Shumei’s scared sites (Misono Japan, Kishima Island – Japan and Crestone Colorado) which represent the elements of fire, water and earth.
Shumei commissioned 3 tea bowls to be made which represent the elements of fire, water and earth. The bowls were made by Mr. Morihiro Hosokawa, who is the 18th generation of the Hosakawa family. The Hosokawa family ancestors, some of who were samurai traditionally ruled the Kumamoto area of Southern Japan. The Hosokawa family have long been collectors of the most exquisite art and were very familiar with tea ceremony. They trace their ancestry all the way back to the origins of tea ceremony in the 16th century, when one of their their ancient relative was a student of Sen Rikyu.
Sen Rikyu lived from 1522 – 1591 and is considered the historical figure with the most profound influence on chanoyu, the Japanese “Way of Tea”. Sen Rikyu’s three grand children founded the 3 major tea schools in Japan Omotesenke, Urasenke and Mushakojisenke. Tea Master Yoshino Sosho is tea master in the Mushakojisenke school, which was the school Shumei’s founder Mokichi Okada favored. These tangible connections of object and ancestry quite literally connect this evening’s tea offering to the very origins in the 16th century.
In a spectacular natural co-incidence a annular eclipse in which the sun (fire), the moon (water) and the earth (earth) are all in alignment takes place the day following this tea offering. Tokyo lies only 10 kilometers north of the central line of this eclipse. For 5 minutes beginning at about 7:30 AM on May 21 in Japan (4:30 PM on May 20th, our time here in Crestone, on the day of our anniversary) more than 10 million residents within the Tokyo metropolitan area, will witness the peak annular phase of the eclipse, when all that is visible is a ring of fire around the outer edge of the moon.
In Crestone the prediction is that the sun will be eclipsed starting at about 6:30 PM Sunday 5/21 and peak at 7:30 PM with about 80% of the sun being eclipsed at this latitude. With tens of thousands of people around the world joining together in prayer along with this natural event, surely this is a beautiful time to join our intentions with these elements for peace on earth.
For more information about this eclipse you can visit to Nasa website