O-Bon at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
We hope you will be joining us for O-Bon, an especially moving and beautiful Buddhist ceremony. O-Bon honors our ancestors, family members, and loved ones who have passed away, as well as the hungry ghosts within and outside us. It is believed that during O-Bon, these spirits find comfort through our remembrance and gratitude.
Our O-Bon celebration has special importance and meaning for those whose relatives' ashes are interred in Sangha Meadow. Because of the deep spiritual significance of the O-Bon ceremony, we have set aside for this occasion our legal and other issues with Founding Abbot Eido Shimano Roshi and his wife Aiho-San, who have family members' ashes buried at Sangha Meadow, and have invited them to attend as our guests.
We will begin the ceremony on Saturday afternoon by writing our loved ones' names on paper lanterns. After a vegetarian dinner, there will be a traditional O-bon service and calling of the names of the deceased, followed by a Dharma talk by Shinge Roshi. We will make a silent candle-lit procession to Beecher Lake, and then float our illuminated spirit lanterns across the dark waters as we chant Namu Dai Bosa. A bonfire and festive refreshments will complete the evening. On Sunday there will be optional morning service and zazen, followed by breakfast.
Program fees are $250 for adults and $75 for children 12 and under. Included in the cost are the O-Bon service, dinner, lodging for one night, and breakfast. If you plan to attend and have not yet reserved your space, please contact the DBZ office right away. Those who wish to join us a few days early to help with preparations are eligible for discounted or free attendance; please contact the office for details.