Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Appreciation for the last post

Quick post of appreciation;
I am SO grateful for the sweet comments from everyone!!!
Thank you SO much for your kindest words. They meant a lot to me. I cannot belive how easily I can be in tears now...  Haha, I will be careful not to be like cry-baby when posting here. (hope I am writing correctly for my feeling)
It is next day's evening now, feeling fine being able to have the first obon service without a hitch today. Our family monk offered or chanted my brother a Buddhist sutra for him. Haha, a bit long as usual like other services.

As my new Dear friend Jo-Anne Rambling told me that she wished to know more about obon, I thought it might be better writing new post and paste the site which will give you the idea.  please qlick here→Link
I set the altar of my bro's a bit similar like the little picture in the site. ( I'll paste here as well) For the "First Year",  just sutra is special for the person who past away last year.  Lanterns are only decorated especially Obon to welcome our ancestors.  

Japanese Butsudan Buddhist Altar in Obon


  1. Dearest Orchid, I am so glad you feel better. I also can be a cry-baby at times lately! You did a beautiful job decorating the altar. ((hugs)) xo

  2. sound much better today. Don't worry about crying. Tears are cleansing. I never hold back my tears.

    Thank you for sharing the link on Obon. I think it is so special that your culture remembers their dead loved ones with such beautiful rituals and altars. It inspires me to keep honoring my mother.

    Lots of hugs for you xxxxx

  3. My beliefs are to continually remember and talk about a loved one who passed away. It keeps their memory alive and makes me feel happy inside. We cannot just forget someone we have loved just because they pass on. Very nice post.

  4. Miyako I am so happy you are feeling better. Sadness comes and goes in our day when we have lost those close to us. I know it still does for me anyway. Your Obon ceremony sounds like a lovely way to honor your brother.

    Here's hoping for some light, bright sunny days for you.


  5. So glad that you are feeling a bit better today my dear friend! It's good that you can share your thoughts and emotions with us, as you know that we all care about you very much. It is lovely that your culture has these beautiful rituals to remember those loved ones that are no longer with us. Hugs.

  6. glad you are feeling better. thanks for the information link. i'll have to check it out tonight when i get home from work.

    take care.

  7. Hi Miyako san! I just read your last post and this do sound better. I think it's totally ok to be like cry-baby when you post here. It's great to have friends to share the feelings. I've met many kind, caring people on line. And even though we have not met, I feel very close to them :-)


  9. It is fine to cry when have too and I really am pleased you posted the link I went and had a read and it sounds like a great tradition.

  10. In the Christian tradition, we have a commandment to "honor thy father and thy mother" but no actual ritual that would help us to do this, besides "mother's day" or "father's day" which we stop celebrating after their death. I think we should adopt Obon here:) Thank you for sharing this with us, a tradition that feels personal and sacred.

  11. I think it's so interesting how different countries honor their deceased family members. I know that in Greece they have extensive ceremonies. Try to be happy cause your bro would want you to.
    Blessings dear friend...Lu

  12. Sweet Orchid, I somehow have missed a few of your posts again and I apologize. If you want to cry, you go on and do so. When we hurt we need to cry. Tears are the way we release our pain to heal. All my love to you, dear friend.

  13. Dearest Orchid,

    Glad to read it went better after the first incident with tears. Nothing wrong with it. Grieving takes a long time for healing and tears do free your soul.
    Lots of love and a tight hug to you,