A Ceremony to Free our Restless, Hungry Hearts
(Segaki / Sejiki / Feeding the Hungry Ghosts)
Online this year - Offered the day after Election Day
Japanese Buddhist image of a gaki (hungry ghost) tormented by demons
The hungry ghost realm in Buddhism also appears as our deep suffering of endless desire and aversion. In the Spirit Settling Ceremony we recognize and heal this difficult side by calling forth the hungry spirits, within us and without, and making offerings of food, chants, songs, noise, and prayers.
Bring an offering of some kind with you to the computer to offer to the hungry ghosts: nourishing food, sweets, objects that symbolize the hungry ghost in your heart, noise makers (instruments, pots and pans, anything), wear scary costumes, and hang up creepy Fall decorations in you Zoom area.
For the evening of the Spirit Settling Ceremony we change the atmosphere of the (virtual!) Zendo from staid and restrained to wild and chaotic so that these hungry, wandering spirits will feel at home.
This link to our usual zoom room has the passcode included:
Please download and consider printing the chants for the ceremony:
Sejiki Chant Card - sweet dew, dai hi shin, song.pdf
Wednesday Evening Schedule on Spirit Settling night:
7:50pm Dharma Talk
8:20pm Spirit Settling Ceremony
followed by tea and cookies
More images of gaki (hungry ghosts) from Kodaiji Temple in Japan seen by Tim during the 2010 Everyday Zen trip to Japan. (Sometimes they are pretty funny looking too)