August 7 @ 5:00 pm - August 9 @ 12:00 pm
Please join us for this 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 doing brushwork with the names of our deceased loved ones on paper lanterns before we gather for the O-Bon dinner. A shakuhachi offering by Marco Burmester will begin the ceremony. That will be followed by a traditional chanting service and calling of the names of the deceased, as well as a Dharma talk by Shinge Roshi. Then we’ll form a silent, candle-lit procession to the bank of Beecher Lake, where the glowing lanterns will be set onto the water to float across the dark waters as we chant Namu Dai Bosa. 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 $275 for adults ($250 for Members) and $75 for children 12 and under; lodging and all meals are included.
Reduced rates for O-Bon are available if you can come early to participate in O-Bon Prep Week. Transportation may be available from New York City. If you have questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-439-4566.
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