O-Bon is a tremendously moving and beautiful Buddhist ceremony that honors our ancestors, family members, and other loved ones who have passed away, as well as the hungry ghosts within and outside us. We will begin on Friday at 5:30 pm with a welcoming fire and ceremony and continue on Saturday afternoon by painting the names of our deceased loved ones on paper lanterns, then gather for the O-Bon dinner offering. A traditional chanting service and calling of the names of the deceased will follow, as well as a Dharma talk by Shinge Roshi. We will then form a silent, candle-lit procession to the bank of Beecher Lake, where boats will float the glowing lanterns across the dark waters as we chant. A large bonfire and festive refreshments will complete the evening. On Sunday, there will be optional morning service and zazen, followed by breakfast. The fees are $250 for adults ($225 for Members) and $75 for children 12 and under; lodging and all meals are included.
Sliding scale available if you can come early to prepare or stay late to help clean. Transportation may be available from New York Zendo. Questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-439-4566.
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