that's pretty cool stuff.
in the past, my husband and i celebrated Bodhi Day (day of buddha's enlightenment, dec 8), and in vietnam, this is celebrated also as Children's day, so it has a "christmans" feeling.
inspired by "advent," i designed an 8-day story/ritual to introduce my son to the concepts of buddha's story of enlightenment. then, i gleaned from many traditions and families ways to celebrate bodhi day:
- put colored lights on the house to symbolize both enlightenment, and the many paths to enlightenment;
- bring in and decorate a ficus (ficus religiousa if possible) or create a ficus tree with heart-shaped leaves and decorate it;
- offer or eat milk and rice, the traditional meal offering given to buddha that helped him reach enlightenment;
- light a candle at the table to symbolize enlightenment;
- exchange gifts.
of course, after creating the different nd housing them in a notebook and such, my husband didn't like the idea of celebrating bodhi day in this "formalized" way, and told me he's uncomfortable practicing buddhism or raising hawk in an "organized" religion (even though he sees the benefits of organized religion and agrees that of those religions available, buddhism would be "best" for our family), and that he wants to be "more loose" about it.
he also asserts that he "likes christmas" but i'm not sure how to celebrate that independent of christianity, or without all of those infusions. but anyway, i can figure that out too.
what we both want to continue for certain is the firebird festival
. obviously, carrying it into our home will be more simple, but we are thinking of making paper mache birds to burn each year on the small scale, and celebrating with drumming circles and music, story telling, and all of the fun things that we enjoy with the festival, including it's spiritual underpinnings of revival.
so, now my husband wants me to create that. LOL ok. i guess i can do that.
where things get tough for me is not that i think it's problematic to practice any of these other stories (from christianity) within waldorf, but that i don't want them to become the focus of our household's spiritual practices, when we both practice buddhism and mytho-poetic work in general.
i find that it fits fine with anthroposophy in general, and of course the myths of christianity--including st nick, etc, are valuable lessons. i just don't want christian myths to take over our household.
anyone have thoughts on this--valuing and honoring the christian traditions and underpinnings within anthroposophy without being christian in the household?
any insight would be great.
and for my own part, i would probably create a re-useable "hay" from something at a craft store, or a symbolic hay/carrots for the shoes. wool would be cute.