|Bon Odori: "Gathering of Joy" Festival
Saturday, August 4, 2012, 5-9 p.m.
With the desire to see how his deceased mother was hungry demons or
Pretas and suffering the fate of not being able to eat anything, because
the food would turn into fire whenever she brought it to her mouth.
Seeing his mother’s plight, Moggallana sought the Buddha’s advice and
was told that it was impossible to save his mother through his own
He was advised to offer food to the monks after they had finished their
rainy season retreat (pravarana). In this manner, not only will his
mother be saved, but seven generations of parents will be saved also.
Moggallana carried out the injunction of the Buddha and his mother was
able to rise from the He was advised to offer food to the monks after
they realm of hungry demons. Everybody who saw this became so
happy and joyful that they began to dance. This story forms the origin
of the Obon Festival.
BON ODORI -- The Origin
The origin of the Obon Festival is generally ascribed to the Ullambana
Sutra. Moggallana, one of the Buddha’s ten foremost disciples,
possessed the superhuman feat of being able to perceive things beyond
this earthly existence.
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|Buddhist Temple of San Diego
2929 Market Street
San Diego, California 92102
Everyone is invited to join us for this year's Bon Odori (Saturday, August 4), as well
joyfully celebrate and remember the lives of family members, friends and temple
members who have passed before us.
Food sales, exhibits, crafts, etc. will begin at 5 p.m., and dancing will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Please be sure to bring your family and friends, for this is an event for both young and
old! Once the dancing begins, please DO NOT HESITATE in joining us! Dance instructors
will be positioned in the inner circle for those who do not know the dances. Dance
practices are also available to learn or brush up on the dances for this year (please
follow the "Bon Odori Dance Practices" link for the dates and times).
|Photos courtesy of Adam Azuma & Richard Matsumoto
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