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Oeshiki Ceremony [Celebrating Nichiren Daishonin’s Eternal Life]

14oct10:00 am12:00 pmOeshiki Ceremony [Celebrating Nichiren Daishonin’s Eternal Life]10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Reciting Lotus Sutra Chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo Buddhism Sermon by Chief Priest Potluck Lunch

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Oeshiki: Celebrating Nichiren Daishonin’s Eternal Life October is the month we celebrate the passing of Nichiren Daishonin. At local temples this ceremony is called the Oeshiki Ceremony. At the Head temple it is called Gotaie.

Nichiren Daishonin passed away serenely at the Ikegami Munenaka residence in Ikegami (present-day Tokyo) on October 13, 1282, while many of His close disciples and believers chanted Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. According to the “Document of Nichiren Daishonin’s Passing,” written by Nikko Shonin, the Daishonin passed away at about eight o’clock in the morning. At the same time, there was an earthquake and the cherry trees in the garden bloomed out of season. This account of the earthquake awakens us to the realization that the physical passing of the True Buddha, whose life is the life of the universe itself, is to be mourned. The blooming cherry tree reminds us that it is to be celebrated because the life of the Daishonin remains the same – immortal and always present.

At the core of Buddhist doctrine is the revelation of the concept of oneness. The fact that at the time of the Daishonin’s death there was an earthquake as the cherry trees bloomed out of season teaches 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. Therefore, 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.

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(Sunday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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