Austin Zen Center presents Seijiki Ceremony & Reception Fundraiser
Sejiki is a traditional Japanese Zen Buddhist ceremony honoring ancestors, and is one of the most important Buddhist observances of the year. This powerful ceremony summons forth these restless spirits and pacifies agitation and violence within and without. It involves setting up an elaborate altar (traditionally arranged opposite to the usual altar in the zendo), instruments played to invoke the departed spirits, and the chanting of the “Gate of Sweet Dew,” a series of mantras and wishes for well-being. The names of the departed are collected beforehand to be strung around the zendo and invoked aloud during the ceremony.
Participants are encouraged to dress in Halloween costume and to participate in the brief instrumental portion of the ceremony.