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Buddhists Visit Head Temple in Japan

This week a group of Myosenji Temple Buddhists are making a pilgrimage to the Head Temple Taisekiji in Japan. This pilgrimage is called tozan (translated as “to climb the mountain”). During the lifetime of the True Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin, tozan was the pilgrimage to visit him. Today, making a pilgrimage to Taisekiji, the dwelling place of both the DaiGohonzon of the High Sanctuary and the High Priest has the same significance as making a pilgrimage to see the Daishonin in his lifetime.

April 2016 TozanThis Tozan group will participate in the Grand Ceremony of the Airing of the Sacred Treasures (Goreiho-mushibarai-e) while at the Head Temple. A great number of extremely important treasures, Gohonzons and Goshos, have been preserved by the priesthood. Once a year, great care must be taken to expel moisture and harmful insects from these treasures so that they may be passed on to later generations far into the future. At the same time, this inspiring ceremony provides a chance for the many participating worshipers to deepen their Buddhist faith.

Here is a video of a group of Myosenji New Buddhists on Tozan last year.

Visit Our Buddhist Temple

To learn about Buddhism and Buddhist pilgrimages, visit our Buddhist Temple Saturday, April 9th, at 2:00 pm. There will be a brief video presentation on Buddhism’s Beliefs & Origins and our Chief Priest will teach you how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads. You will have the opportunity to ask questions directly of 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, Rev Murata will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist, immediately following the meeting.

Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, Chapter 14, The Importance of Tozan.