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Memorial for 3rd High Priest Nichimoku Shonin

Our Chief Priest, Rev. Sakabe, will be conducting the Mokushi-e Ceremony on Sunday, November 15th, at 10:00 am via Myosenji’s Live Stream. The Mokushi-e Ceremony is a very significant memorial ceremony for the Third High Priest Nichimoku Shonin.*

This ceremony conveys our gratitude for Nichimoku Shonin’s unparalleled efforts in fourteenth-century Japan.  It is a tradition during this Mokushi-e Ceremony to celebrate the spread of True Buddhism from one generation to the next by paying our respect to the children of Nichiren Shoshu. Because children are the treasure of their parents and society, it is most important that they establish their connection to the Dai-Gohonzon of the Three Great Secret Laws. It also carries with it our hopes for our children, that they will find their true mission in life and that they will grow to be as strong in faith, wisdom and knowledge as Nichimoku Shonin!

* From Nichiren Shoshu Temple Glossary
Nichimoku Shonin: (1260–1333) The Third High Priest of Nichiren Shoshu. He became a disciple of Nikko Shonin in 1274, and in 1276 went to Mt. Minobu where he was ordained by Nichiren Daishonin. He served the Daishonin for the remainder of the Daishonin’s life, and also served Second High Priest Nikko Shonin. He succeeded Nikko Shonin as the Third High Priest of Nichiren Shoshu. He is remembered as a great and courageous debater who remonstrated with the Kamakura Government and the Imperial court many times.