Auburn, WA 98002
Phone: (253) 833-1442
Official Website: Click to Visit
White River Buddhist Temple annual Bon Odori will be held on a Saturday. Everyone is welcome to join us to dance for joy to our loved ones who have passed away and to honor our ancestors.
White River Buddhist Temple is a Jodo Shinshu Temple and is part of the national umbrella organization of Buddhist Churches of America ( BCA ).
We have an extensive program for this event:
* Okinawa Kenjin Kai Taiko, Dance, and Uta Group
* Children's Lantern Parade led by a Shishimai (Lion Dog)
* Short Hatsubon Service
* Welcome Speech by Mayor of Auburn
* Bon Odori Dances Part I
* Intermission - Seattle Taiko Matsuri Group
* Bon Odori Dances Part II
Bon Odori Background
Obon (お盆) is the Japanese Buddhist holiday to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. Obon is celebrated with the Bon Odori dance and Toro Nagashi (the floating of lanterns inscribed with the names of ancestors.) The floating of lanterns down the river symbolizes the return of ancestral spirits to the other shore, from whence they came. The Children's Lantern parade also symbolizes the Toro Nagashi since each child carries a lantern inscribed with a departed Sangha member's name.
Bon Odori dancing originated from the story of Mokuren who was a disciple of the Buddha. It has significant religious importance and is the highlight of the Obon festival. According to Rev. Mas Kodani, Bon Odori dancing is a spirited activity in which we dance without fretting over how we look, no showing off one's ability, no flaunting, just dance and you will feel fulfillment and pure ego-less joy.
Our Bon Odori dancing consists of 16 songs. It starts with "Mi Kokoro" sacred heart of Shinran and ends with Goshu Ondo. Everyone is welcome to join in the dancing on the outer circle. The inner circle is reserved for dance instructors and guest dancers. This year we have added a new dance, "Nembutsu Daiko". Nembutsu is a special chant to show mindfulness of the Buddha and to achieve a spiritual awakening. The White River Buddhist Temple is a Mahayana Buddhist temple in the Jodo Shinshu Tradition which worships Amida Buddha of infinite light and life. Its Primal Vow promises the universal enlightenment of all beings.
This is a public event.
July 22, 2017
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
4:00 All Booths Open.
4:00 Okinawa Kenjin-Kai Eisa Taiko Performance.
5:00 Children's Lantern Parade, Shishi-mai (Lion-dance).
5:30 Bon Odori Service - Everyone is welcome to attend.
6:00 Opening Greetings and Introductions.
6:15 Bon Odori Dancing Begins - Everyone is welcome to join in the dancing.
Flat field parking is available within our Temple's ground.
Bon Odori Practice Dates
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dates: July 5, 7, 10, 12, 14 - 2017.
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Saturday, 22 July, 2017
ContactDennis K Asato
Phone: (206) 999-8964
Official Website: Click to Visit
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