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Rites of passage

The Temple Luz Serena offers these religious services, based on the buddhist Zen tradition and other spiritual traditions such as celebration, spiritual help and good auspices. This is done in order for the Spanish zen buddhist practicants, as well as other people sensitive to this,to live the basic events of their lives illuminated by the light of the teaching of Buddha. These spiritual services are officiated by the master  Dokushô Villalba.

Welcome to the World Ceremony

The celebration of the born of a new being. Parents put their child under the spiritual protection of the Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha). It is a festive celebration full of colour where the parents promise to protect the spiritual purity of the new born.

Initiation to the Second Childhood Ceremony

When we are seven is the step from the first to the second childhood. The infant starts going out from the maternal area and becomes into a child. The father or the best man receives the child from the mother's hands and assumes the responsibility of introducing them into the basic rules of the social and spiritual world of the adults. This ceremony blesses the child for the new period that he/she starts and helps him/her to be more conscient of the important psychological and spiritual changes that will be produced in him/her. It takes place when they are between seven or eight.

Initiation to Puberty Ceremony

With puberty comes the end of childhood and the beginning of adolescence. Sexually, the little boy becomes into a man and the little girl into a woman. The Creating Power reveals powerfully in their bodies and minds. This ceremony is of great help for the process of psychological, emotional and spiritual maturation which is unleashed in this period in teenagers. It dramatises the symbolic action of 'killing a tiger' through which the teenager should face his/her fears and overcome them in order to be able to become into a real responsible adult. Once the test has been overcome, the ceremony becomes into a celebration of the Creating Power of Life and the reception of the teenager to the world of adults.

Marriage Ceremony

Marriage is a sacred way based on the love and support to the personal growth of the couple. This beautiful ceremony seals the sacred compromise between those ones who decide to join their lives and walk together. It has tantric buddhist inspiration. The ceremony is a party of light and colour, a song to beauty and to the fusion of the lovers in the sweet nectar of love, an arrow thrown towards happiness which gives the couple an adequate attitude to go through the unavoidable dark shadows of the unconscious.

New Home Blessing Ceremony

Family home is a temple, the sacred space where cultivating the sacred relationships between the couple, parents and children, beloved relatives. Creating a new home is like founding a temple. In buddhist homes, an altar occupies the central place. During this ceremony the altar is settled in and blessed. It is also spiritually connected to the altar of the Temple Luz Serena, in order for the benefits of the spiritual practice in the temple to be irradiated to the family homes. The house is blessed, room by room, cleaning any possible energy or negative influence, each of the members of the family are also blessed, generating good auspices and predispositions. 

Annual Blessing of Homes Ceremony

In the buddhist world, the homes of the practicants are annually blessed by the spiritual master or by any priest. This way, the spiritual bond with the Temple is renewed. This ceremony is similar to the previous one, but being shorter and simpler.

Blessing of new businesses or professional facilities Ceremony

The sense of this ceremony is identical to the one of the Blessing of New Homes but, in this case, it is applied to commercial places or professional facilities. Since, in general terms, everyone spends a lot of time in their working place, this ceremony creates a new spiritual influence for the professional relationships and commercial activities to take place in a positive and spiritually rewarding way.

Annual Blessing of new businesses or professional facilities Ceremony

This ceremony has the same spirit as the previous one but its development is briefer and simpler.

Especial Ceremonies or daily prayers for people in need or to release negative events

Everybody experiences difficult moments in life: a serious illness, the loss of beloved people, accidents, crucial tests, etc. This ceremony is usually developed in the Temple Luz Serena, although it can also take place in other places. In its more complete form, the master  Dokushô Villalba celebrates a ceremony especially dedicated to the aim that has been asked for. In its simpler form, the master and the residents of the temple direct the spiritual energy of their prayers to the person asked. The experience of thousands of years shows the invisible power of prayer.

Especial Ceremonies of Health and Long Life

They are especially dedicated to ill people or those ones who are sensitive to contract any illness, for those who set out on a journey or are going to take any risk or, generally, for relatives or beloved people to whom we want to wish lots of years of Health and Long Life.

Ceremonies for the deceased

They are the oldest ones of all human cultures. They represent, in fact, one of the first signs of civilization. Through them, we express our love for the deceased, we honour their existence, we accompany them in the spirit through the way of the dissolution and, at the same time, we liberate ourselves of the negative effects of the pain provoked by their loss.

In the buddhist tradition, the ceremonies for the deceased have been very developed because of the especial meaning that covers the departure of this world. The zen buddhist tradition has left us a very rich and deep way of doing it.

The funerary zen buddhist rites cover the diverse stages of dissolution of the individual existence:

Body present ceremony

It takes place a short time after the death, where it had taken place or in the place where the mortal remains have been arranged.

Before the cremation ceremony

Generally, buddhist practicants prefer being cremate before being buried. This part of the ritual takes place before and during the cremation of the mortal remains, three days after the death.

Farewell ceremony

This is the more social part of the buddhist funerary rite. The previous rites are, generally, reserved for the relatives and the close ones, while this ceremony is open and public. They are the funeral honours themselves. It is the official farewell of the deceased. Their ashes are placed on the main altar. The deceased person receives the ordination of bodisatva and a spiritual name in the Dharma.

Placing of the ashes ceremony

It takes place during the placement of the ashes in the individual or family squad, or during the spread of the ashes, according to the deceased's or their family's will. It can also take place just after the farewell ceremony or some days afterwards.

Private daily ceremony during the first week

Buddhist tradition teaches that the complete dissolution of the deceased person lasts seven cycles of seven days, that is, a total of forty nine days. During the first week after the death, it is usual to celebrate a daily ceremony with or without the presence of the relatives.

Private weekly ceremony during the following forty nine days

After the first week after the death, tradition teaches that it is convenient to celebrate a ceremony per week, with or without the presence of the relatives.

Final farewell ceremony after forty nine days

The forty nine days cycle is closed with a solemn ceremony which takes place just forty nine days after the death. Family, friends, acquaintances and people invited participate in this ceremony.

Annual ceremony during the following seven years

An annual ceremony takes place in memory of the deceased for the following seven years, although in many buddhist countries there exist the tradition of doing it every year indefinitely.

Ceremony every seven years

The same way, a especial ceremony in memory of the deceased takes place every seven years during forty nine years.

In buddhist tradition, masters and priests give spiritual goods and secular practicants material ones. So, the circle of the gift is completed for the good and happiness of all beings.