The word sejiki means feeding the hungry ghosts, those beings whose insatiable desires keep them in a realm of torment, unable to practice the Buddha Way. In this ceremony we will make food offerings, symbolizing the nourishment of the Dharma, to the hungry ghost realm within ourselves and in the world. Costumes and masks are welcome, so that the hungry ghosts will not be too intimidated to join us.
One zazen period, by the ceremony, a short talk by one of the Mountain Rain teachers, and talking circle with tea and snacks. Everyone welcome!
Come early and help carve a jack-o-lantern and decorate a Halloween altar for the hungry ghosts. You are invited to contribute decorations and snacks. We will also have a Food Bank basket for contributions to support those in our own community who cannot afford good food.