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Nichiren Daishonin is the founder of Nichiren Shoshu. He passed away on October 13, 1282. The Oeshiki Ceremony is the celebration of the eternal life of Nichiren Daishonin. The Head Temple Taiseki-ji as well as local temples, like Myosenji Temple, decorate the altar with colorful paper cherry blossoms.

At the core of Buddhist doctrine is the revelation of the concept of oneness. The fact that at the time of the Daishonin’s death there was an earthquake as the cherry trees bloomed out of season teaches us the Buddhist concept of oneness. The oneness of the common mortal and Buddha. The oneness of life and its environment, the oneness of body and mind and the oneness of death and birth cannot be separated from each other. Therefore, at the moment of the True Buddha’s physical death, the earth shook in farewell, but the cherry trees bloomed out of season in welcome. Thus, the Daishonin’s passing reveals the principle of oneness.

October is the month we celebrate the passing of Nichiren Daishonin. The Oeshiki Ceremony is held at Myosenji Temple every October. Check our calendar for day and times.

A frequent question our Chief Priest receives from guests and students when they visit our Buddhist Temple is:

Is chanting the same as meditation?

This Sunday, our Chief Priest will be explaining the answer to this question and why we chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. If you have explored meditation, it is important that you learn why chanting is superior if you are looking to change your life and change your Karma.

Buddhism’s Beliefs and Origins

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, October 1st, for a video presentation and brief lecture on the Buddhist practice of chanting by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe.

  • Learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads.
  • Q&A with our Chief Priest.
  • The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes around 3:15 pm. Open to the public.

If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after Sunday’s meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.