Join us for this moving ceremony remembering our ancestors, family members and other loved ones who have passed away. Led by Shinge Roshi and Chigan Roshi, this year’s ceremony will honor the one million lives taken by Covid-19 in the U.S. with 10 special lanterns, each bearing the number 100,000.
We will begin on Friday evening with the Opening Fire. On Saturday afternoon we will paint the names of our deceased loved ones on paper lanterns and then gather for the O-Bon dinner offering. After dinner, we will hold the traditional chanting service which includes calling the names of the deceased, followed by a teisho from Shinge Roshi. We will then light our lanterns and make a silent, candle-lit procession to the bank of Beecher Lake, where, chanting Namu Dai Bosa, we will float the glowing lanterns across the dark waters. The closing bonfire and festive refreshments will complete the evening.
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If you are not attending in person and would like us to read aloud the names of your deceased family or friends during the ceremony, please click the payment button below to make an optional contribution and email the names to the DBZ office.
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