Thursday, 28 May 2009

Buddhist Temples Reach Out Obon Festival

Buddhist Temples Reach Out Obon Festival Image

VISTA, California - Members of the Vista Buddhist Temple rolled out the welcome mat at their annual OBON FESTIVAL yesterday with musical and dance performances, mush-room tastings, and a discus-sion on Buddhist teachings. The event, which continues today, is an annual celebration of ancestors and loved ones who have died. And that was very much on the minds of many, especially during the traditional Bon Odori dance. The temple's aging membership has dwindled to about 80 people in the past decade, and organizers are using events like the festival and new classes to reach out to spiritual seekers.

by Eleanor Yang Su

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