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Obon Festival 2019

  • Salt Lake Buddhist Temple 211 W 100 S Salt Lake City UT 84101 USA (map)

Join us in celebrating the 2019 Obon Japanese Festival at the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple. Enjoy obon dancing, a taiko drum performance by the Ogden Buddhist Church, and delicious Japanese food for sale. Admission is free.

What is the significance of Obon in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism? The Obon Festival is held in recognition of a story found in the Ulambana Sutra. The story involves one of Shakyamuni Buddha's ten great disciples, Mogallana. In the sutra, Mogallana learns the true meaning of gratitude through the life and death of his deceased mother and the help of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that at his realization, Mogallana's joy was so great that he began to dance. In commemoration of this legend, one of the highlights of the Obon Festival is the Obon dancing by the members of our Sangha and others in the community.

Earlier Event: July 11
Obon Dance Practice
Later Event: July 14
Obon Hatsubon Service