Obon is a time to express our gratitude to loved ones who have passed on before us. Without them, we would not be able to do the things we do to enjoy life. Just think about the number of people involved in creating each of us. Since we’re all influenced by a countless number of beings, our inter-connections, and therefore our debt of gratitude is without bounds. Thus, temples hold an Obon memorial service to enable people to pay tribute to the departed.
Everyone is welcome to attend and join this special service of gratitude.