The goma (Jp. 護摩) ritual of consecrated fire is unique to Esoteric Buddhism. The ritual we perform at Koboji was introduced to Japan by Kobo Daishi in 806 CE. These fire ceremonies are rarely held outside of Japan and are a unique experience that inspires the senses of those who watch.
The goma fire is central to two upcoming services: the Saito O-goma in November and the Hoshi Matsuri star festival in February.
Saito O-goma Service
Sunday, November 26, 2023
9am | Reception opens at 8am
Hoshi Omamori (Star Amulet) Request
Due January 12, 2024
We also invite you to request your hoshi omamori that will be blessed in the goma fire created in February 2024. Each omamori is carefully handwritten according to the heavenly stars that quietly correspond with our lives. We request that you submit your forms to the office by January 12, 2024.