Each year during our Obon and Hatsubon Service, I am reminded of the power of the Buddhadharma to provide guidance and support for us as we navigate our feelings of grief. As school for my sons usually begins a few days after our San Mateo Buddhist Temple Obon Observance, I have come to associate our Obon with the end of summer. Opening the freezer at the temple to put away the Obon service manju for an occasion when we can all enjoy them together, I noticed three large bags of frozen hamburgers. I was suddenly reminded of the delicious hamburgers grilled at the temple picnic and all the experiences that we did not get to have this summer: bazaar—which marks the start of summer in my mind, the annual BWA service at the Japanese Cemetery in Colma, followed by brunch with BWA members at Denny’s in South San Francisco, a family trip to Japan, our summer Terakoya day camp, spam musubi at Obon Odori practices, and chanting together with a Hondo full of attendees at our Obon and Hatsubon service.Continue reading “When we meet, we will smile”
By Susan (Kawakita) Kwong
Hearing my mom reminisce of how she and a handful of her friends started Obon at San Mateo Buddhist Temple, it quickly caught my attention and found it my mission to contact her friends and listen to their stories. Wish I had known years earlier since I was only able to obtain a few people’s memories. Was quite interesting and wanted to share this story since our Obon is around the corner. Thank you, Mrs. Wada, Mrs. Hashimoto, and mom for reminiscing about San Mateo Buddhist Temple’s first Obon.Continue reading “Memories of San Mateo Buddhist Temple’s First Obon”
Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge, Resident Minister of the Buddhist Church of Oakland joined us on August 9, 2020 to share an Obon and Hatsubon Dharma Talk with the title New Directions: From round and round and upside down to going and returning
For the August 2, 2020 Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service, Rev. Adams reflects on the story of Mahamaudgalyayana from the Ullambana Sutra and the remarkable powers attained by those who realize true awakening.
In this video from the American Bon Dance Consortium, Rev. Adams shares one of his favorite Obon dancing memories.
This is part of wonderful series on Virtual Bon Dance that features short talks from Buddhist ministers and dance instructions from all over the country.
Featured photo by Santa Barbara Japan Photography Group
Saturday, August 15th, 2020
San Mateo Buddhist Temple Sangha members are encouraged to participate in the BCA Virtual Obon!
See the flyer below for more information.
August 9, 2020
Guest Speaker (English)
Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge
Buddhist Church of Oakland
Obon music video by Rev. Bridge
Under these extraordinary circumstances, we invite you to join us from the safety and comfort of your own home for an online Obon & Hatsubon Memorial Service via the Zoom Meeting internet program on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. during which we will remember our loved ones who have crossed over to the Other Shore. Please do not come to the temple in person.
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with instructor Juliet Bost
9:30 a.m. Obon and Hatsubon Dharma Service with English Language Message by Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge
10:30 a.m. 日本語法話 桑原淨信先生 Japanese Language Dharma Message by Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara
To join us for this online Obon & Hatsubon Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.
ご参拝したい方はここにクリックして、”Live Broadcast of Services”に登録してください。
(SMBT Obon lanterns photo by Aiko Chikaba)