Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, passed away on October 13, 1282, while many of his close disciples and believers chanted Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. At the moment of the True Buddha’s physical death, the earth shook in farewell, but the cherry trees blossomed out of season in welcome. Offering cherry blossoms for the Oeshiki Ceremony is a tradition in Nichiren Shoshu.
The Oeshiki Ceremony – also called the Otai’e – is the celebration of the eternal life of Nichiren Daishonin. At Myosenji Temple, we will celebrate Nichiren Daishonin’s passing this weekend, Saturday, October 12th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, October 13th at 11:00 am. The altar will be decorated with cherry blossoms and other traditional Japanese decorations.