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Soto sect head temple Sojiji Report The world’s largest! “Sojiji World Zen Challenge – Zen in One – Daihonzan Sojiji” where about 1,204 people became one through zazen

[Soto sect head temple Sojiji] [Report] The world’s largest! Approximately 1,204 people became one through zazen at the Sojiji World Zen Challenge – Zen in
One – Daihonzan Sojiji”

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Press release: May 15, 2024
[Report] The world’s largest scale! “Sojiji World Zen Challenge – Zen in One – Daihonzan Sojiji” where about 1,204 people became one through zazen
*~The “700th Great Disappearance Special Project of the Soto Zen Headquarters Sojiji Temple”, which took place over a period of one year, will conclude on Sunday, May 12th! ~*
The main temple of the Soto sect, which has approximately 15,000 temples and 12 million believers nationwide, is Sojiji Temple (Location: Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture). ) will be held sequentially from April 2020 at the Soto sect Daihonzan Sojiji Taiso.
In preparation for Zenji Keizan’s 700th anniversary of his death *2, starting in Reiwa 5, we will be offering Zenji Keizan’s teachings to many people, not just those interested in Zen and Buddhism.
Initiatives for people to come into contact with you and forge connections with Soto sect’s Daihonzan Sojiji Temple
We have been holding a special project for the 700th anniversary of the death of Grand Ancestor Keizan Zen Master.
*1: Preliminary figures as of May 14th (Tuesday)
*2: Dai-enki is a memorial service for the founders of each sect and those deeply involved in the development of the main temple. The 700th Great Disappearance Puja of Zen Master Keizan is scheduled to be held until Tuesday, October 15, 2020. (detail: )

Zen Challenge
Zen Talk
Then, on Sunday, May 12th, the hands-on event “Sojiji World Zen Challenge – Zen in One” will be held at seven locations nationwide as a symbol of the special project.
-(” as the culmination of
The world’s largest event will be held for the first time in the history of the Soto sect. In this report, we will be broadcasting the event between Japan (8 locations in total) and the world (4 locations in total), and bring you the details of the day when approximately 1,204 people came together as one through zazen.

* |The 1,000 tatami mats at the main venue “Sojiji Temple” were filled with overflowing participants! *
* At the opening, there will also be a broadcast of the Daihonzan Sojiji Soin Temple, which was damaged in the disaster. *
On this day, 645 people visited the main venue, the Daiso-do Hall of Daihonzan Sojiji Temple, and the event started with a conversation that was broadcast through two giant screens set up to connect temples in Japan and abroad.
Opening scene
Daihonzan Sojiji Temple collapse state
At the beginning, the Great Disappearance Bureau
After giving a brief speech, Fumitaka Terui Roshi said, “First of all, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to all those affected by the 2020 Noto Peninsula Earthquake and their families. As many of you may know, the Noto Peninsula
In Wajima City, there is the main shrine of Sojiji Temple. It goes without saying that this location is the birthplace of Daihonzan Sojiji Temple, but in November last year we decided to designate the Sojiji Temple as a suitable venue for the start of this project. World Zen Challenge – Zen in One
-“has been held. I would like to offer a moment of silence to express my condolences and pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their precious lives in this disaster. ”, and all the attendees prayed for one minute.
Relay of Daihonzan Sojiji Soin Temple / Hironari Takashima Roshi Fumitaka Terui Roshi and Mihotoke
In the calm atmosphere, Terui Roshi expressed the passionate thoughts of Hironari Takashima Roshi, Deputy Superintendent of Daihonzan Sojiji Temple, who decided to participate in today’s event in hopes of reconstruction.
“Immediately after the earthquake, I thought it would be impossible to recover.But by participating in events like this, I was able to set goals and gain the courage to live.”
The message was conveyed powerfully. Takashima Roshi, who was broadcasting in the pouring rain, went around the temple and said, “The corridor has collapsed.” The monastery was completely destroyed during the last earthquake, and was rebuilt from there.
However, due to the damage caused by the recent earthquake, I am currently unable to practice zazen. I am unable to lead a life of training. The stone monument in front of the zazendo was also rotated 180 degrees. ‘When I reported on the damage caused by the earthquake, I heard from the main venue.
“I can tell that there was a very big tremor, but even so, I’m glad to see Takashima Roshi’s face today…! ‘ The person who replied was not Michopa-san who suddenly appeared, but Mihotoke, a comedian who is also active as a temple and Buddhist research student! Takashima Roshi also had a smile on his face when he saw Mr. Mihotoke’s cheerful appearance, who had been accompanying him for a year in the special project for the Great Disappearance and visited the site in November last year.

*|Introducing relay venues in Japan (8 locations) and overseas (4 locations) for the world’s largest “Zen Challenge”! *
Hideaki Kojima Roshi, head of international missionary work at Zen Buddhism Temple in Los Angeles
Scene from Sojiji Temple venue
Afterwards, in preparation for the actual Zen Challenge, Terui Roshi said, “The theme of the Zen Challenge, “Zen in One,” is “to become one with the Zen mind.”
It embodies the idea of ​​“all becoming one”. Without further ado, I would like to introduce all the temples in Japan and overseas that have been making the “Zen Chale” fun together! ” and from within Japan, the temples he had visited so far were shown on the screen, from “Jokoji” in Hokkaido in the north to “Ankokuji” in Kyushu in the south.

Among them, the one at the main venue that surprised the audience and made them say, “I didn’t know that!” was Doshoji Temple in Oda District, Okayama Prefecture. Came to Japan from overseas
There were monks from 11 different countries, and they seemed surprised by the potential of zazen to connect people across races and nationalities.
Next, as the world’s largest event for the first time in the history of Soto Zen Buddhism, we will be introducing four temples around the world that are connected via relay from North America to Europe. Although it is 13:30 in Japan time, “Ryodaihonzan Fugabetsuin Shoboji” in Honolulu, Hawaii is at 18:30 in California.
“Ryodaihonzan North America Betsuin Zenshuji Temple” in Los Angeles is at 9:00 p.m., “Takuonji Temple” in the Republic of Paraguay is at 12:30 a.m., and “Zengawaji Temple” in the northern part of the Netherlands in Europe is at 6:30 in the morning. The early-morning participation drew applause from venues across Japan.

In addition, Hideaki Kojima Roshi, head of international missionary work at Zen Buddhism Temple in Los Angeles, said, “During the coronavirus pandemic, we were all isolated, and we were unable to gather together for zazen… With the cooperation of the monks, we have planned an online event called “Let’s all chant the Heart Sutra” to pray for an early end to the coronavirus. ” There is also a story. Mihotoke was also impressed by how quickly they introduced the initiative to unite online.

At the end, the relay was connected to “Daihonzan Eiheiji” in Yoshida District, Fukui Prefecture, where the event had just been held on Sunday, May 5th, and the Kissjokaku lecturer
Mami Kimijima Roshi said, “The other day, I was moved by the number of people who came to see me, but most of all, I was moved by how proactive they were in their efforts. I was encouraged by the fact that we are being supported in this way. ” and Ken Mihoto said, “The Soto sect has two main temples, Eiheiji and Sojiji, and I heard that Zenji Keizan also practiced at Eiheiji.”
Could you tell me about that relationship? “First of all, Zenji Keizan’s grandmother is said to have been a follower of Zenji Dogen.” At the age of 8, he entered Eiheiji Temple, and at the age of 13, he inherited the correct Buddhist teachings directly from Zen Master Dogen, became a priest, and at the age of 19, went on a pilgrimage to various countries, spreading the correct teachings to the world. It was disseminated to ” and gave an easy-to-understand explanation of the history of the Soto sect, which has continued for more than 700 years, and the audience often nodded and said, “I see!”
After Mr. Mihotoke explained the charm of each temple with some jokes, the venue finally moved on to the 40-minute “Zen Challenge.”

* |A total of 1,204 people took on the challenge of zazen for one hour (approximately 40 minutes)! *
Scene of prayer
Zen Challenge
Before the “Zen Challenge,” a memorial service was held to express our gratitude for the opportunity to practice zazen together, and to pray for everyone to live a rich and peaceful life.

Afterwards, Hiroaki Hanawa Roshi from Daihonzan Sojiji Temple appeared on stage and instructed the participants in zazen. “Normally, we sit in zazen for about 40 minutes, which is called “icchu,” and it takes about 40 minutes for each incense stick to burn out. I will explain the process until you sit on the zafu, so you can look at the model monk in front of you, and then ask everyone to actually do it. ” he explained. We carefully taught each detail how to sit, how to fold your legs and hands, and how to do it in a way that helps you prepare your mind and body and relax. “Well, it looks like the preparations are complete, so when the “stop bell” rings three times to signal the beginning, we will begin zazen. ‘, and the sound of a loud bell echoed through the silent venue.

40 minutes later.
The “hozen bell” signaled the end of zazen, and the message “Thank you everyone for your hard work.” Now let’s take a bow for the chorus. Slowly sway your body from side to side, take a deep breath, I’m going to relax my body. ” was announced, and when the participants slowly opened their eyes, Mihotoke appeared on stage, dragging his feet…! “My legs are a little numb, but I feel like the boundaries of my body have expanded! So, I completely forgot about the
progress…! ” I commented, “If you do that, I hope you can proceed with a new feeling.” (lol)” Terui Roshi’s warm hand, inviting laughter, instantly created a peaceful atmosphere in the venue.

Another participant commented on the unfamiliar zazen: “My legs hurt, so I stopped halfway, but I was able to focus on my breathing, and the time passed quickly!” ”, and a participant who took on the challenge in Iwate Prefecture last month said, “I was able to concentrate more than last time, the arrows were pointing inward, and I was able to catch my breath quickly, so I thought I was getting the hang of it.” Once I was able to breathe properly, I was able to feel even more connected to each other. We received many happy comments such as “”, which showed how they were enjoying zazen, feeling a sense of accomplishment with each session.

* |What is the fascination of zazen that attracts attention from brain physiologists to athletes and artists? *
Zen Talk
Zen Talk
Since this day is the culmination of the event, a special guest will appear at the main venue. “Zen Talk” was also held to unravel the power of Zen on the mind and body from the perspectives of
neurophysiologists, musicians, and athletes!

Also appearing on stage was Eiichi Suzuki Roshi of Sojiji Temple, who spoke of Zen Master Dogen, who brought correct Buddhism from China to Japan during the difficult times of the Kamakura period, when war was intensifying, and who passed on the teachings and spread them to the world. While talking about Zen Master Taezan’s achievements, he said, “The teachings that have been passed down are one word: zazen. It is said that only zazen can convey the truth. For example, even if you have a sentence in your head that you want to convey, if you convey it in words, everyone will perceive it differently. In other words, it can’t be called the truth, it’s just my opinion.
” When asked again about the “teachings” that have continued for more than 700 years, Yuji Nakazawa, a former member of the Japan national soccer team, replied, “700 years…I can’t even imagine it!” My perspective on zazen changed when I heard the phrase, “Only zazen can convey the truth.” I think I’ll be incorporating more zazen into my daily life in the future, so it would be great if I could do it while also being exposed to this kind of history. ” Commented with deep emotion. GOMA, who plays the didgeridoo, the world’s oldest instrument that makes sound by breathing, and is also active as a painter, said of the teachings, “I think it’s wonderful, because it has an unwavering core. From there, I take on new challenges, but I think it’s the simplest, strongest, and coolest way to get to the traditional line! ‘, I thought about the traditional culture that has been passed down from generation to generation.

The topic of the talk was “Zazen,” which everyone in the venue experienced.
Suzuki Roshi says, “In zazen, “choshin”, “choshin”, and “choshin” are all important. First of all, “breath control”, inhale for 1 minute and exhale 4 to 5 times. If you are a beginner, I would like you to find a breathing method that suits you so that you don’t imitate it, but I would rather focus on exhaling. Once you are unable to do this, you will no longer be able to survive.
When I was a student, I practiced letting go of my thoughts with each breath. When preparing your body, it will be less stressful on your body if you stick your stomach out and keep your back as straight as possible. Finally, folding your hands and legs, letting go of your thoughts and switching them over leads to “adjustment.”
Hideho Arita, a brain physiologist who is a leading expert on serotonin, which is known as the happy hormone, said, “A long time ago, an athlete who co-starred with me on a TV program special on “Breathing Techniques” said, Before entering, he said he would meditate for six minutes in the locker room. When we breathe properly, substances appear in our brains that regulate our mind and body. Athletes often refer to this as a “zone” where you can feel like your body is moving naturally and can easily lead to good results. I think that the breathing method of zazen can bring about a sense of normalcy in the brain and heart. ‘ Commented from medical knowledge.

As if to cover up the eye-opening information, Nakazawa said, “Even in soccer, especially in critical situations like penalty shootouts, many players who are able to make calmer decisions are careful about their breathing techniques.” is not it. Athletes’ training methods are also evolving day by day, and in the past it was said that if you just trained, you could leave a good record, but in addition to training, you can also eat, sleep, and now incorporate breathing techniques to train your brain. Some people are. ” I said. GOMA also said, “When you breathe properly, your evil thoughts will go away. The instruments I play reverberate as the sound of our breathing, so I feel like that sound moves everyone and swells the energy of the venue itself. I feel that not only athletes but also artists have their own ways of improving their performance. ”, and once again explained the appeal of zazen, which can be easily incorporated into daily life, from various angles.

*|We will continue to carry out the “teachings” of Zen. The 4-hour event has come to an end*
Group photo at Sojiji Temple
When “Zen Talk” ends, it’s time for the ending.
“The 700th anniversary of the great death of the great founder of the Soto sect, Sojiji Temple
Director Kiichi Mimura, who is promoting the special project, said, “As a Zen Buddhist monk and temple, we proposed this event to reach out to as many people as possible, including those who have never experienced zazen, and today we are finally reaching its
culmination.” I was able to. We place great importance on the word “ki”. When you put a connection, it means “opportunity.” This opportunity is a chance, a chance to change, a realization, and a chance to live your life to the fullest. ” and delivered a message that he wanted people to remember the spirit of Zen even if they don’t do it every day.

At the end, all the visitors took a commemorative photo and concluded the speech with the theme of “The 700th Anniversary of the Grand Disappearance of Soto Zen Daihonzan Sojiji, the Grand Ancestor of the Soto Zen Zen Master,” which has been going on for about a year. The special project has come to an end.
-Event Overview-
Event name: Sojiji World Zen Challenge – Zen in One – Daihonzan Sojiji Date: May 12th (Sunday) 1:00pm to 5:30pm
Main venue: Daihonzan Sojiji Temple (2-1-1 Tsurumi, Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 230-0063) “Daisodo Hall of Daihonzan Sojiji Temple”

Relay venue (Japan): Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (Yoshida District, Fukui Prefecture), Jokoji Temple (Kushiro City, Hokkaido), Shoboji Temple (Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture), Sojiji Temple Soin (Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture), Shoboji Temple
Aichi Specialty Nunnery (Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture), Doshoji Temple (Oda District, Okayama Prefecture), Ankokuji Temple (Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture))
Broadcast venue (world): Ryōdaihonzan Fugai Betsuin Shoboji (Hawaii), Takuonji (Republic of Paraguay), Zencheonji (Europe/Netherlands), Ryōdaihonzan North America Betsuin Zenshuji (North America/
*Great Bow Zen Monastery/Daiganzenji (North America/Oregon) will only participate in the opening video.

Participation fee: Free
Official website:
Crowdfunding URL:
Number of participants (preliminary figures as of 5/14): Real venue/1,004 people, online venue/200 people (instantaneous number of simultaneous viewers)
*As of Wednesday, May 15th, it has been revealed that the number of unique users at the online venue is 1,163.
Amount of donations collected: 700,134 yen

Brain science x Zen: Hideho Arita (brain physiologist)
Musician x Zen: GOMA (didgeridoo player/painter)
Athlete x Zen: Yuji Nakazawa (former Japan national soccer team) Guest MC: Mihotoke (temple/Buddhist statue researcher, comedian) *About details about this release*

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