Soto sect head temple Sojiji
[Special project to mark the 700th anniversary of Zen Master Keizan’s death] The core of the teachings of the Soto sect is zazen. A new project has started that will visit 8 locations nationwide! “Sojiji World Zen Challenge – Zen in One -”
The first event will be held simultaneously in two locations: Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Sunday, November 5th!
The main temple of the Soto sect, which has approximately 15,000 temples and 12 million followers nationwide, is the Soto sect’s main temple, Sojiji (Location: Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture). ), in preparation for the 700th anniversary of the death of Zen Master Keizan, the founder of the Soto sect’s main temple, Sojiji, in April 2020, we are inviting not only those interested in Zen and Buddhism, but also those with an interest in Zen and Buddhism. From April 1, 2020, we will be holding the “Special Project for the 700th Anniversary of the Death of the Great Ancestor of the Soto Zen Zenji Sojiji,” an initiative that will allow as many people as possible to come into contact with Zen Master Keizan’s teachings and build relationships. We hold these events one after another throughout the year.
*1: Memorial service for the founders of each sect and those deeply involved in the development of the head temple.
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This time, as one of the experiential events that is a symbol of the “Special Project for the 700th Anniversary of the Death of the Great Ancestor of Soto Zen Zen Master Sojiji Temple,” a new project “Sojiji World Zen Challenge – Zen in One – (https:/ /zen-in-one.jp/)” will start.
This project is based on the theme of “Zen in One,” which transcends race, gender, age, nationality, religion, and sect, and incorporates the idea that everyone can become one through “zazen.” As for the action, we will spend about six months from November visiting temples in 8 locations nationwide (Hokkaido, Iwate Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, Ishikawa Prefecture, Fukui Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture, Okayama Prefecture, Fukuoka Prefecture), and visit the main temple in Tsurumi, Yokohama. We will be holding a “zazen experience” and “sermon/quiz stage” in connection with Sojiji Temple via online broadcast.
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The first event will be held simultaneously on November 5th (Sunday) at two locations: Daihonzan Sojiji Soin in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and Daihonzan Sojiji Temple in Tsurumi, Yokohama. did. In addition, the project will be announced as a tie-up project with “ONE MORNING”, a popular morning program on “TOKYO FM / JFN”, titled “NEW TREND ONE supported by Sojiji World Zen Challenge
(https://www.tfm.co.jp /sekaizen/)” (JFN36 station net) corner will also be broadcast on the third Monday of every month. Please enjoy it! The core of his teachings is zazen, and Zen Master Keizan spread his teachings throughout the country.
We try to satisfy our hearts by obtaining something wonderful that we don’t have.
In Zen, we value what lies beneath our feet. Many Zen monks have said in various ways that even if you look for something wonderful outside of yourself, you will not find true peace. Cross your legs and put your hands together. Eyes, ears, mouth, inhale and exhale. Treat “I” with sincerity and become one. The basis of the “Soto Zen teachings” that Zen Master Keizan spread throughout Japan lies in such zazen. Modern society is overflowing with a lot of information, and even if you have a detailed map filled with useful information, you can get lost without a “current location” sign pointing to “below your feet.” It is wonderful to follow various meditation methods and methods, but in this special year that only happens once every 50 years, I would like as many people as possible to experience “Zazen that follows me”.
Director of Omotoyama Soji Temple Omura Director Mimura
・Project name: Sojiji World Zen Challenge – Zen in One –
・Sponsor: Soto Zen Daihonzan Sojiji Temple
・Special cooperation ・Host temple: Eiheiji, the head temple of the Soto sect ●Event overview
The program for the event will be released soon, but on the day of the event, we are planning a project that everyone from small children to adults can easily participate in. We will not focus on “zazen” as a special experience, but as an opportunity to “live daily life with a zazen mindset.” We will deliver it to you.
▷1st event (details coming soon)
Date and time: November 5th (Sunday)
Main venue: Sojiji Temple (1-18-1 Monzen, Monzen-cho, Wajima-shi, Ishikawa 927-2156)
Main temple venue: Daihonzan Sojiji Zuioden (2-1-1 Tsurumi,
Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0063)
Participation fee: Free
▷Scheduled locations for second and subsequent events
Jokoji Temple (Kushiro City, Hokkaido) / Shoboji Temple (Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture) / Shoboji Temple (Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture) / Doshoji Temple (Oda District, Okayama Prefecture) /
Ankokuji Temple (Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture) / Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (Eiheiji Town, Fukui Prefecture) / Daihonzan Sojiji Temple (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
●About the tie-up project “NEW TREND ONE supported by Sojiji World Zen Challenge”
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This time, in collaboration with the program, we will be running the popular corner “NEW TREND ONE” that focuses on items, companies, people, etc. that are attracting attention in new life, starting from September 18th (holiday / Monday). We will deliver collaboration projects on the third Monday of every month. It will also be streamed for free on “radiko,” where you can listen to the radio on your smartphone, app, or computer, so don’t miss it!
[Image 4: https://prtimes.jp/i/119519/3/resize/d119519-3-74407d9279ee96d80818-4.jpg&s3=119519-3-77092abc7e433b0eb36dc392fc02d98f-3000×2000.jpg] Approximately 800 years ago, during the Kamakura period, “Dogen Zenji” brought authentic Buddhism from China to Japan, and “Keizan Zenji” spread throughout the country, laying the foundation for the “Soto sect.” Ta. Currently, there are approximately 15,000 temples and 12 million believers*2 nationwide. Because it is based on the teachings of zazen, the basis of training is the practice of zazen, but training is not only about zazen, but also about continuing to practice every moment of daily life carefully, with a heart of gratitude and joy. I’m capturing it. Living our daily lives
consciously and finding joy in each other’s lives is the way of life that the Soto sect aims for. *2: People who follow Buddhism and protect temples and religious organizations.
● About “The 700th Anniversary of the Great Anniversary of the Great Ancestor Keizan Zen Master of the Soto Zen Head Temple Sojiji Temple”
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earthquakes. The teachings of Zen Master Keizan, who saved many people regardless of their social status or gender during difficult times, have been passed down without fading as a crutch for our hearts as we live in modern times.
This time, on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of the founder of the Soto sect’s main temple, Sojiji Temple, many people will be able to feel closer to the thoughts and teachings contained in the “Konoha” created by Zen Master Keizan. We are carrying out various initiatives based on the theme of “Sojo ~ Can you hear the sound of great footsteps?”
∟Announcing the main visual for the 700th anniversary of the death of Soto Zen head temple Sojiji
∟Sojiji Temple’s official homepage and pamphlets have been redesigned with a new main visual to deliver information more clearly.
∟100 banners created to commemorate the 700th anniversary of death and a signboard with the main visual will be installed on the approach to Sojiji Temple.
∟In front of the vast main hall, Daiso-do, which is covered with 1,000 tatami mats, a 10-meter-tall Daikaku pagoda was erected from a large tree specially cut for the 700th anniversary of the deceased’s death. ◯ After May 2023
As a symbol measure of this initiative, we will hold a series of experiential events that embody the teachings of the great Zen master Keizan.
∟May 6th (Saturday) “Sojiji Temple: Vow of Light ~Wish to the night sky, future to the light~”
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