Sejiki Ceremony

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This is also an opportunity to bring an offering of shelf-stable food to the Hope Food Pantry in Austin!

ALL ARE WELCOME at Sejiki, a traditional, annual Japanese Zen Buddhist ceremony honoring our ancestors. This is one of the most important Sōtō Zen Buddhist observances of the year, a time to remember and call forth the spirit realm by making offerings of food to ancestors and any ‘hungry ghosts’ (including our own neglected or unsatisfied body-mind states).

This powerful ceremony summons forth restless spirits and pacifies agitation and violence within and without. It involves setting up an elaborate special altar, sounding percussion instruments to attract the spirits, and the chanting of the “Gate of Sweet Dew,” a series of mantras and wishes for well-being. The names of our departed friends & family are collected beforehand to be written on paper strips and strung around the ceremonial space. They are spoken aloud during the ceremony.

The Buddha recommended in the Ullambana Sutra that this ceremony be performed at the end of the summer practice period. Many Zen Centers hold the Sejiki ceremony around the time of Halloween, when in our culture we call forth the spirit world. Participants are encouraged to dress in halloween costume and to participate chanting. Children are welcome!

Suggested Donation:

$20-30/adult; if submitting a name to be read, please consider making an additional offering in support of the temple.

Please donate an amount you feel comfortable with. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.