Segaki Ceremony and Memorial Service

Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm

740 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland

Segaki is a ceremony to feed hungry ghosts and a memorial service.


What is a Gaki?

A gaki is a hungry ghost with a tiny throat too narrow to swallow anything and a painfully swollen belly that aches with hunger and thirst. When they put food in their mouths it transforms into fire or blood. At Segaki we offer hungry ghosts spiritual sustenance to relieve their torment.



We  remember the dead in our annual memorial service. Write names on the “Great Abiding Friends” scroll before October 26. This scroll will be out in the zendo entry for the month of October at the Zen Center, 740 Tolman Creek Road, and the names will be read during Segaki.


Food Donation

To donate food to the hungry: Bring non-perishable food items to the Zen Center for feeding the living, hungry beings in our Rogue Valley. The basket for food donations will be on the porch at 740 Tolman Creek Road during October. Food will be collected until the ceremony, then distributed locally through the Food Bank.


Segaki Notes

  1. Arrive by 7:00 pm. A period of silent meditation (zazen) will begin at 7:10pm. The Segaki Ceremony will follow zazen.
  2. Bring a noisemaker or musical instrument. Hungry ghosts feel affinity for loud sounds such as clanging and banging, and feel unworthy to join spiritual community so when we invite them to join us we yell and make a lot of noise to show they have no need to fear us.




If you have any question about Segaki, please inquire.




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