Upcoming Ceremonies

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Upcoming Ceremonies
Registration for in-person temple activities through Go Kaimyo is no longer required. This also means that there is no longer a 500 pax capacity limit for activities. All believers are encouraged to visit Kaimyo-in often to participate in activities.

February Kosenrufu Shodai Ceremony

Date: 3 Feb 2023 (Friday)*
Time: 7pm
Format: In-person at Kaimyo-in
*Note: Setsubun-e Ceremony will be conducted in conjunction with Kosenrufu Shodai Ceremony during this session

Date: 4 Feb 2023 (Saturday)
Time: 5pm
Format: In-person at Kaimyo-in

Date: 5 Feb 2023 (Sunday)
Time: 10am
Format: In-person at Kaimyo-in

What is Kosenrufu?

The objectives of our faith are to attain Buddhahood in our position as common mortals and to transform the saha world into the entity of the Mystic Law, the Land of Eternally Tranquil Light, through embracing and practising the Three Great Secret Laws of Nichiren Daishonin. Our efforts in steadily advancing towards these objectives represent the attainment of enlightenment.

As more and more people aspire to attain Buddhahood not only in Japan but in every corner of the world, the Buddha land will naturally take form. This process is called Kosen-rufu. As we ceaselessly progress towards attaining this objective, we can establish the life condition of limitless joy within our lives.

Extracted from “The Great Objective of Kosenrufu (World Peace)”, A Lesson from the Sermon Rock, Sermons & Homilies (Part 2), Nichiren Shoshu Monthly February 1995, Kaimyo Magazine Issue 24

Significance of the Setsubun-e Ceremony

The term ‘setsubun’ means ‘the division of seasons’.  During this season when Winter turns to Spring, the large differences in temperature causes people to fall sick easily. In ancient times, people thought that the cause of them falling sick was due to acts of evil by evil spirits, and they therefore tried to exorcise these evil spirits through a ceremonial scattering of soybeans, which ogres disliked.

In Nichiren Shoshu, the meaning of this ceremony is slightly different from the general way of thinking. Our understanding of evil spirits would be in the form of those like Kishimojin or Juurasetsunyo, who are described in the Gohonzon as examples of the Buddhist Gods. This is because after they attained enlightenment, they promised the Buddha that they would protect those who are practitioners of the true Buddhism.

Nichiren Daishonin states in the Gosho “Letter to Lord Ueno”,
"The innumerable Buddhas of the ten directions, including Shakyamuni and Taho, Bodhisattvas including Jogyo, the leader of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, the great disciples of the theoretical teachings, such as Fugen and Monjushiri, the great Shravaka such as Shariputra, the lords of the heavens, including the sun and moon, the kings of the eight kinds of lowly beings, the ten female raksasa demons, and all the great and small gods in the country of Japan-as a shadow follows a body, these will all protect a person who strongly believes in this Lotus Sutra with straight-forward, whole-hearted faith. If you believe straight forward without fluttering in your resolve, you will gain peace and security in this lifetime and good circumstances in the next." (Gosho, p.923)

Therefore, in Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, what we believe is that even those such as demons are part of the Buddhist gods, which means there are no demons for us.

Extracted from “Setsubun Ceremony,  2 March 2021”, Rev Shingaku Kato, Kaimyo Magazine Issue 107

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