Events and Ceremonies

Kongoji Zen Temple holds various events and ceremonies at the temple grounds. To wish for happiness, to pray for safety in daily life or to feel gratitude to ones ancestors or just to feel happiness and gratitude.  Let's keep ancient rituals and traditions alive and carry them together into the future.

January

Daihannya

January 9th 11:00 〜 12:00


A traditional Buddhist event to pray for safety in daily life.


March

Spring Equinox Week

March


The week of equinox is the period of merit and effort to reach the world of enlightenment. It is not only about visiting the ancestors grave, but also to reflect on ones action and to try to do good things. The week of autumn equinox is a seven-day period with the vernal equinox day as the middle day. Equinox day is the day when the length of day and night is the same. It is a period of remembrance.


April

The Birthday of Buddha

April 8th 10:00 〜 17:00


It is widely believed that after the birth of Siddharta Gautama, it rained sweet rain from the sky. As a celebration hydrangea tea, which imitates the sweet rain, is poured on the statue of Buddha to celebrate his birthday.

 

Osegaki

4th Saturday in April 14:00 〜 15:00


The Osegaki ceremony is a Buddhist service performed to stop the suffering of hungry spirits. It is believed that there are spirits which are suffering from hunger and thirst due to an endless fire which is burning inside their throat. To help these spirits a ritual is held, where the fire is put out with prayers and the participants feed the spirits with rice and water.


August

Kannon Ceremony

August 9th 11:10


A short ceremony held for Kannon Bodhisattva enshrined in the Kannon hall of Kongoji Zen Temple. After striking the temple bell at 11:02 and offering a silent prayer to those who died in the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on this day, prayers are made inside Kannon hall.

 

Obon

From August 13th until August 16th


During this week the deceased will return to their hometown to visit their families. During the Obon festival, homes are decorated to prepare for the arrival.


September

Full Moon Festival

September or October on Full Moon
 


Enjoy the beauty of the full moon in Mid-Autumn Moon, which is traditionally celebrated in August of the old lunar calendar. On this night it is a custom to pray for a good harvest by decorating Japanese pampas grass and moon dumplings and get together. At Kongoji Temple, we enjoy the moon viewing with a small live concert outside in the silver light of the full moon.

 

Autumn Equinox Week

September


The week of autumn equinox is a seven-day period with the autumnal equinox day as the middle day. Equinox day is the day when the length of day and night is the same. It is a period of remembrance.


December

Akibasan Ceremony

December 16th 06:00


A ceremony is held for the fire god Akibasan. Akiba Sanshakubo Daigongen, which he is called by full name is the god of fire protection and is the guardian of Kongoji Zen Temple. Prayers wil be held in the early morning before sunrise, where the power of the fire god is transferred to a limited number of Buddhist amulets each year.

 

New Year's Eve Bell

December 31st 23:30 〜 00:30


On New Year's Eve, the bells are rung 108 times, which is said to be the number of worldly desires(human sins). With the ringing of the temple bell one may get rid of these sins and the troubles of the old year. The new year is celebrated with a refreshing feeling of a new start.

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