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Top 5 Travel Ideas to Honor Connections from the Past

Allison Gilbert | Posted 01.25.2016 | Travel
Allison Gilbert

As the entire mid-Atlantic battles Winter Storm Jonas, I find myself fantasizing about heading someplace warm. Ecotourism. Adventure travel. Volunteer...

Dancing With the Dead

Stephen Henry Fox | Posted 09.08.2014 | Hawaii
Stephen Henry Fox

If we listen deeply, the taiko drums hold the heartbeats of all who walked the earth before us. At the core, behind and beyond the sounds and swirling dancers, echoes the stillness of infinity and our ultimate connection to a billion, billion stars spinning through the eternal empty skies together.

Japan's Obon Festival: Invitation for the Dead

Thomas Shomaker | Posted 12.19.2012 | World
Thomas Shomaker

Although some of Obon's rituals are somber, much of the holiday is festive; a time when families happily reunite and celebrate the sacrifices that their briefly visiting loved ones made for them before they passed away.

Zen Buddhism and Obon: Feeding the Hungry Spirits

Bernie Glassman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bernie Glassman

In the Zen Peacemakers, we recite Sanskrit spells and provide food for hungry people in our community. We prepare a food offering and use ancient spells to invite the hungry ghosts into the room.