September 9th, 2020 – Memorial for René vanZanten
September 23rd, 2020 – Memorial for Fred Shoemaker
Here is the altar for tonight’s memorial ceremony for Fred Shoemaker, Onryu’s father. The flower offering is made up of verbena, chrysanthemums, dahlias and chamomile. The symbolism: 1. white verbena (top)-“pray for me”, 2. chrysanthemums-“condolence, love and devotion”, 3. white dahlias-“gratitude to a parent” and 4. chamomile-“strength in adversity, healing”.
September 2nd, 2020 – Full Moon Altar
August 5th, 2020 – Full Moon Altar
In Japan peonies are called “king of flowers”. They symbolize good fortune, wealth, nobility, strength and courage. May we all have good fortune, strength and courage in these hard times.
June 20th, 2020
Here’s the altar set up for the memorial service for Lisa Gunn, Sarah’s ex-wife. May she rest in peace.
June 13th, 2020
Here’s the altar now. The flower offering is Queen Annes Lace (Daucus carota) and Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea). Queen Annes Lace symbolizes haven or sanctuary. Purple coneflowers represent health and strength.
May 30th, 2020
Here’s the main altar now. This flower offering is sunflowers and grass. Sunflowers, the main element, symbolize respect. The grass symbolizes the 10K things or myriad dharmas.