Every month at Myosenji Buddhist Temple, the Oko Ceremony is conducted. In Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, the ceremony is held to repay our debt of gratitude for the profound benefit of the Three Treasures: Nichiren Daishonin (the Buddha), the Dai-Gohonzon (the Law) and Nikko Shonin (the Priesthood).
The ceremony begins with an offering of traditional foods to the Three Treasures and is then followed by the recitation of the Hoben and Juryo chapters of the Lotus Sutra (called Gongyo). After chanting, the Chief Priest gives a lecture. The concept of acknowledging and repaying debts of gratitude, which is the basic spirit of the Oko Ceremony, is essential to a correct understanding of True Buddhism and our own lives.*
New Year’s Day – January 1, 2016 – 1:00 pm
Visit our Buddhist Temple on New Year’s Day to make your 2016 determinations for your happiness. If you decide to become a Buddhist, you can receive the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony and kick off 2016 in a very special way.
*Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Ceremonies, The Oko Ceremony, pages 52-56.