The Obon festival (also known as Bon festival) is an annual Japanese holiday which commemorates and remembers deceased ancestors. It is believed that their spirits return at this time to visit their relatives. Chochin (paper) lanterns are hung to guide the spirits and Obon dances (bon odori) are performed.
"Ah, the immensity of our minds, within the universe arises. "
- Myōan Eisai, Zen Master
If we could remember that we are already free. That's liberation.
@ Kenninji (建仁寺), Kyoto's oldest Zen temple. The monk Eisai, credited with introducing Zen to Japan, was Kennin-ji's founding abbot.
The two-folded screen on display here is a Japan's national treasure, Fujin and Raijin by Tawaraya Sōtatsu. Raijin and Fujin are the fearsome gods of weather in the Japanese mythology. On the left is Raijin, the thunder god while on the left is Fūjin, the wind god.
We invoke your name, Avalokiteshvara. We aspire to learn your way of listening in order to help relieve the suffering in the world. You know how to listen in order to understand. We invoke your name in order to practice listening with all our attention and open-heartedness. We will sit and listen without any prejudice. We will sit and listen without judging or reacting. We will sit and listen in order to understand. We will sit and listen so attentively that we will be able to hear what the other person is saying and also what is being left unsaid. We know that just by listening deeply we already alleviate a great deal of pain and suffering in the other person. - Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book