BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.1826@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20090801T000000Z DTEND:20090801T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong>San Luis Obispo Buddhist Temple OBON Festival</strong>\ nThe annual Obon Festival will be celebrated at the Veteran&rsquo\;s Memor ial Hall at 801 Grand Avenue in San Luis Obispo on August 1\, 2009 beginni ng at 1:00 pm.\n\nMusic\, Food\, Crafts\, Bonsai\, Marshall Arts\, Taiko\, and items for sale from various vendors. At 6:45 begins Obon Odori and at 8:00 will begin the raffle with a grand prize of $1\,000.00&nbsp\;and man y other prizes including other cash prized. Tickets for the raffle or teri yaki chicken dinner are available in advance by calling the church or at t he festival.\n\nObon is an annual Buddhist event for commemorating one's a ncestors.\nThe Obon Festival can be traced to a Buddhist sutra that tells the story of Mogallana\, a disciple of Budda who\, in meditation\, saw his deceased mother suffering in the realm of hungry ghosts. He tried giving her food but it turned into flames. Buddha advised him to engage in a &ldq uo\;jishi&rdquo\;\, or retreat\, and make an offering for his fellow monks . This done\, he saw his mother released from suffering and he danced for joy. Varying interpretations evolved over the years\, including the belief that spirits of ancestors actually revisit this world. Pine torches are a ttached to bamboo to welcome spirits to the family home\, and on the final day of the observance\, spirits are said to return to the nether world\, guided by candle-lit lanterns that are set adrift on water.\nObon remains one of the most important Buddhist observances. The typical Obon is a blen d of somber reflection and celebration of those before us.\n\n<strong>Sche dule</strong>\n\n1:00 - Vendors and Food booths open\n2:00 - Ichimi Daiko Taiko Demo\n2:30 - 5 Cities Judo&nbsp\;&nbsp\;&nbsp\;&nbsp\;\n3:30 - Daito Ryu Aiki Jujitsu\n4:00 - Toyama-ryu (Swordsmanship)&nbsp\;&nbsp\;&nbsp\;& nbsp\;\n4:15 - Bonsai Demonstration\n5:30 - Ichimi Daiko Performance&nbsp\ ;&nbsp\;&nbsp\;&nbsp\;\n6:45 - Obon Odori\n8:00 &ndash\; Raffle Drawing SUMMARY:San Luis Obispo Buddhist Temple Obon Festival URL:/en/events/2009/08/01/san-luis-obispo-buddhist-temple-obon-festival/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR