Services

All are welcome to join us for services.  Services are held throughout the year to deepen our appreciation of the Buddha's teachings and observe Buddhist holidays and family events, such as a child's first visit to the temple and memorial services for loved ones who have passed away.  Monthly Memorial Services (MMS) are part of every service. Services are conducted in English and Japanese.  Typically, study classes immediately follow each service. Please see below or check our Calendar of Events for the schedule of upcoming services. 

Dates of the monthly services for 2016:
July 8:                  Saturday    10 am       Memorial Service
July 16:                 Obon Festival
August 12:             Friday       10 am      Monthly Service & MMS 
September 23:       Friday       10 am      Fall Ohigan & MMS
October 8:             Saturday     1 pm      Eshinni & Kakushinni & MMS
November 19:        Saturday     1 pm      Eitaikyo & MMS
December 10:        Saturday     1 pm      Bodhi Day & MMS


Affirmation Ceremony 2016

The Significance of Affirmation Ceremony (Kieshiki)                                                                                                                          Rev. Masanori Watanabe

The affirmation ceremony, called “Okamisori (Shaving heads)” in Japanese, is the important step of affirming one’s reverence for the “Buddha”, “Dharma”, and “Sangha”. The significance of this ceremony is to declare one’s resolution to live as a Buddhist (Shin Buddhist) in front of the image of Amida Buddha. This is like the beginning of a new life for Buddhists. The Bishop will give the ceremony participants their Buddhist names. Some believe that a Buddhist name is given when one passes away; however, a Buddhist name should be received before one’s passing. The reason is that the original meaning of this ceremony is to become Buddha’s disciple, and to vow to live following the Buddha’s teachings during one’s earthly life.

Therefore, receiving one’s Buddhist name should happen before one’s death.

Namo Amida Butsu

All photos by Kenji Photography
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