On September 15th we held a baby blessing ceremony for our newest sangha member, seven-week-old Merritt, and for his moms, Melinda and Zoe. Taigen performed a wisdom water blessing. Then everyone chanted the Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyō (short sutra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion for Protecting Life) and the Metta Sutta of loving kindness, dedicated to the well-being, growth, long life, and happiness of this wonderful baby, that he may enjoy life in awakening and become a blessing to his mothers, family, friends, and community.
Afterwards over tea and treats we said a temporary farewell to Melinda and Zoe, who are departing for the East Coast where Zoe will be doing a two-year post-Doc appointment following up on her studies on Environmental Science. Melinda also talked about her work as a full-time Hospice Chaplain. We will miss them, but also look forward to their future visits.