Myosenji Buddhist Temple’s cherry blossoms remind us of the core Buddhist doctrine of oneness. At the time of our founder Nichiren Daishonin’s death in 13th century Japan, there was an earthquake as the cherry trees bloomed out of season, teaching 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. 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.
Nichiren Daishonin is the founder of Nichiren Shoshu. He passed away on October 13, 1282. We celebrate the eternal life of Nichiren Daishonin with the Oeshiki Ceremony in October. The Head Temple Taiseki-ji as well as local temples, like Myosenji Temple, decorate the altar with colorful paper cherry blossoms.
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