Gabriel San Roman
Orange County Buddhist Church Honors Ancestors With Annual Obon Festival
When the Orange County Buddhist Church plays host to the Obon festival this weekend, it’s a time to reflect on the impermanence of life. The centuries-old Japanese custom remembers ancestors that came before us through bon odori, an immersive dance celebrating the teachings of the Buddha. The parking lot of the Shin Buddhist temple in Anaheim is where hundreds congregate at dusk and sway with movements meant to mimic the village livelihoods of farmers, fishermen and miners.
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