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December 26, 2012

Rougebuddha's Blog

Yup, they do, all the time.

The 7 principles of Kwanzaa, celebrated during the 7 days between December 26th and January 1st bare striking resemblances to some basic Buddhist ideals.

Check it out…

The 1st day of Kwanzaa, celebrates the principle of UMOJA (pronounced oo-moe-jah), which translates from Swahili to the word UNITY.

Umoja or unity represents a commitment to the ideal of togetherness. It is the foundation principle of the Kwanzaa celebration.

Umoja can be compared to one of the 3 Jewels of Buddhism – The Sangha.

The other 2 of the 3 Jewels are the Buddha and the Dharma, of course. Without Umoja/Unity neither the family nor the sangha can survive. * Just for the Nichiren-ites when most Buddhists say “The 3 Jewels”, it’s what you think mean when you say “The 3 Secret Laws”…sorta, cuz what you actually mean is the Gohonzon, the Diamoku…

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