49-Day Memorial for Houn Kyogen Carlson
On November 6, 2014, we held a 49-Day Memorial for Kyogen Carlson. More than 300 people, including out-of-state special guest teachers, attended this event in downtown Portland at the First Unitarian Church.
A table in the front showed some of Kyogen’s Dharma Implements. Left, Kakumyo began the ceremony with a brief talk.
Senior disciples formed a ryoban, and processed up onto the platform as Ryushin performed on the Taiko. Gyokuko waited to go up last.
Here’s a view of the ryoban lined up on either side of the altar, from the back of the hall.
The ryoban offers incense two by two, each pair bowing to Hogen after the offering.
Hogen re-enacts the funeral (which was held September 21) for this ceremony.
Hogen bows to Kyogen’s altar.
View from the back of the hall.
Hogen hands off the hossu to Gyokuko for the next part of the ceremony.
Gyokuko takes questions from senior disciples in the Shosan ceremony.
Jiko was one of three who offered remembrances of Kyogen.
At the reception after the ceremony, people from Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, Portland Friends of the Dhamma, Leadership from a Pure Heart, Dharma Rain Zen Center, and many others came together to chat and support each other.