Goma Fire Ritual

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Goma Fire Ritual

Goma Fire Ritual

Most Buddhist temples hold a fire ritual called "goma taki" every morning. Temples usually hold the unique ritual in its main worship hall and invites guests. Goma taki involves burning wooden plates with prayers written on them as the monks chant and recite their prayers. At temples that allow their guests to participate, guests may be asked to write their wishes on the wooden plates which they will bring up to have burned in the fire. This resembles burning away their excess wishes and desires to achieve a simple, appreciative life.

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