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Bodhi Day 2019

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The Eternal Fishnu and the Rubber Ducky Buddha of Joliet enjoying a crisp Fall afternoon on a Cinderella pumpkin. Notice the Mahayana colors of maroon-ish purple and saffron.

Bodhi Day¬†for 2019 falls on a Sunday – December 8, 2019. That’s good because I don’t need to burn any vacation days.

At the time of this writing, October 11, 2019, that’s less than two months away!

The Bodhi Season begins on December 1, 2019. Siddhartha Guatama meditated for seven days under the Bodhi Tree before his full awakening on the morning of the eight day.

As I’ve done for the past two Bodhi Seasons, I will post a daily message from December 1 through December 8 to guide you along the Bodhi Season. These links point to those past series of messages, which should give you a good idea of what Bodhi Day is about and how to celebrate it:

Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of those two pages. That leads to the eight daily messages.

Here are links to a couple of the more popular Bodhi Day references:

As for watching Venus rise in the morning sky … not this year. Venus will rise on Bodhi Day at about 9am. That’s too late to be visible, and it seems to be about that time anywhere in the world on December 8, 2019. Instead, it looks like Mercury and Mars will be visible in the pre-dawn hours of meditation.

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Rise times for December 8, 2019 around the U.S. West Coast. This is from the site, timeanddate.com.

We still haven’t made our Bodhi Day arrangements. I happen to be very short of vacation days due to our visit with my step father and the 40th Anniversary of my first programming job.

We’ll probably just do a weekend getaway around the Minidoka area – such as Sun Valley. Last Bodhi Day, the Eternal Fishnu, Rubber Ducky Buddha of Joliet, and I performed a Buddhist service at Minidoka on our way to City of Rocks. We thought it would be nice to do that every year.

Sun Valley is also close to Craters of the Moon. We probably can’t get into the park during those hours, but there are many places near the park that would provide a great view of the early morning sky, solitude, and no hunters or ranchers angry about “hippy” trespassers.

I apologize for this clip show blog. It’s a good way to fill in the simple reminder of Bodhi Day 2019 with lots of information from one place.

Please keep in mind that this post is based on the standardized Bodhi Day date of December 8. There is the lunar Bodhi Day, which is a bit of an it depends answer. So that you don’t need to read the post on the lunar Bodhi Day, I’ll say that for 2019, it is on January 2, 2020.

Very Merry Holidays to Everyone!!

Reverend Dukkha Hanamoku

When is the Lunar Bodhi Day for 2019?

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Last week Thursday (Jan 31, 2019), Venus was very close to the waning crescent moon. Mrs. Hanamoku got a nice shot of it.

Today is Chinese New Year! The Lunar New Year. So I thought I’d mention the date of the next Lunar Bodhi Day.

The Lunar Bodhi day for 2019 is January 2, 2020. That is, the 8th day of the 12th New Moon of the lunar year that comprises most of 2019, which begins today, February 5, 2019.

As it will be every year, the standardized “secular” Bodhi Day 2019, 2020, 2021 … is December, 8. That is, the 8th Day of the 12th calendar month – close enough to the 8th day of the 12th moon of the lunar year.

Here are a couple other blogs explaining the secular and lunar Bodhi Days: