Yet again, COVID-19 affects the annual Japanese holiday for honoring ancestors. Plus, the Institute of Buddhist Studies becomes the newest member of the Graduate Theological Union, and the US ambassador to India meets with a representative of the Dalai Lama.
Shin Buddhist minister Rev. Blayne Higa reflects on the annual festival of remembrance for one’s ancestors, and how to honor the holiday even while we’re apart.
The Obon Festival is a Japanese Buddhist three-day observance during which families honor their deceased ancestors. According to scholar and Shin priest Alfred Bloom, The Obon observance has deep roots in Asian ancestor cults from India to Japan. It is based on the legend of the monk Mogallana’s rescue of his mother from the hell […]