The Holy Day and Candlelight Services commemorate the entry of Lord Kobo Daishi into eternal meditation on Mt. Koya. We believe that Lord Kobo Daishi did not die; instead, He remains in this world to pray for us. Each spring, we pay homage to Him and offer prayers to express our gratitude for the many blessings that we have received. We, who have received great help and have been rescued by Him, should make every effort to attend these services.
During the Candlelight service, attendees will offer candles to Lord Kobo Daishi on the temple altar. It is the only time in the year where lay members are invited onto the altar. Candles may be received with a $1 donation.
Holy Day Service
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
The Equinox and Buddha Day service will be held at the end of March. The equinox is a time to honor our ancestors. In Shingon Buddhism, we pray for our ancestors especially at Spring Equinox, O-Bon, and Autumn Equinox when our departed loved ones are closest to us. At that service, we will also celebrate the birth of the historical Buddha Shakamuni. “Hana Matsuri” is literally translated as “flower festival,” but we know it as a time to celebrate Buddha’s birth. Please join us as we remember our departed loved ones and pour sweet tea over the Baby Buddha.
Spring Equinox & Buddha Day Service
Haru Higan & Hana Matsuri
March 26, 2023
We look forward to welcoming you to these Spring services. If you have any questions or if you would like to speak with or consult with Rev. Yanagihara, please do not hesitate to contact the temple office.