Today we took the kids to the Jikoji Zen Center, in the hills above Silicon Valley. They were holding a celebration of the Buddha’s birthday (today was just a red letter day for religion, I guess), and I thought it would be interesting for the kids to see it.

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I was interested in going for a couple reasons. I’ve recently been reading about Buddhism (I find it alternately appealing and alien– a combination of ideas that seem intuitively correct, but very far from my own experience and instinct), and wanted to see the ceremony myself.

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The Center is also on the site of the old Pacific High School, which in the late 1960s became famous for its student-built geodesic domes. I’ve read a lot about PHS, but had never seen the site itself; so when a friend from Peninsula sent around a note about today’s event, I thought I had to go.

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It’s still a beautiful site.

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After the ceremony we hiked up to the ridge over the school. On a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean from the summit, but today the fog was coming in.

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