From weekly Dharma gatherings to Funeral Services, the Utah / Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship is authorized to perform weddings, memorial services, baby and home blessings, and other important ceremonies. Our sensei will work closely with you to find and adapt, the right ritual for your particular need.
Some of the ceremonies offered are:
- Weekly Dharma Services
We meet for support in our practice, aspirations, chanting, silent meditation and dharma talks. No dress code, come as you are.
- Biweekly Meditation Classes,
Learn the basics of mediation in a non-judgmental environment and experience communal meditative practice.
- Three times a year we offer an Intro to Buddhism Course
Gain a good basic understanding of Buddhism from an “everyday practice” perspective and an introduction to the Bright Dawn Way of oneness. This is a 12-week course with a 4 book response paper and four group discussions.
- Going for Refuge Ceremony:
The fundamental aim of Buddhism is Awakening for the sake of all beings. Traditionally Buddhists express this aspiration by ‘Going for Refuge’ to the Buddha, his Dharma (teaching) and the Sangha (spiritual community) – or the Three Jewels, as they are called. For those who want to formally become a Buddhist, this is the ceremony. See TI Sarana Ceremony
- Annual Retreats
- Spiritual Friendships / A safe place to open up your heart
- House blessings
- For a Buddhist practitioner, it can be helpful to have their home dedicated as a place of practice and training. The merit of the ceremony is offered for the peace and safety of the family and the house.
- Naming ceremonies
Naming ceremonies can be carried out for children. The child is offered to the care and protection of the Buddhas until they are old enough to make their commitment to the religion of their choice.
- Marriage blessings
During a Buddhist marriage blessing, the couple undertakes to make their union a blessing for all beings.
- Funerals and memorials
It is possible to have a Buddhist funeral. The funeral ceremonies generally start with a private ceremony, where the person’s body is made ready and placed in the coffin, usually with only immediate family present. Then follows the public funeral, where the deceased is placed on the altar as recognition that this person too is Buddha. Scriptures are recited and the mourners are invited to offer incense. Finally, there is the committal, where we say farewell to the deceased.
- Memorials are quite simple ceremonies by which we can mark someone’s passing or the anniversary of their death. A picture of the deceased and some of their favorite food and drink are placed on the altar. The merits of the ceremony are offered to the deceased.
It is customary to make a donation to both the officiant and to SLBF. Our sensei can perform ceremonies and rituals throughout the Salt Lake and Utah Valleys. When requesting the one the services please ask about suggested donations. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-502-8130