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Temple Services

Rituals, Ceremonies and Festivals at Shinnyo-en

Saito Homa Fire Ceremony

Rituals, Ceremonies and Festivals (usually referred to as "services") are mainly held within the sacred grounds of a Shinnyo-en Temple or Shinnyo Center. They also feature dharma talks by experienced Buddhist teachers that illuminate many of the complex issues of practice in today's world. Shinnyo Buddhism values tradition, but at the same time, what we learn in the temple is meant to be applied in today's society.

For the specific dates of a service, please check the schedule or contact the Temple.



Merit Transfer Service

Service to transfer merit and offer appreciation and spiritual consolation to the departed

Feast of Bezaiten

Service in honour of the Heavenly Dharma Protector

Feast of Compassion

Service in honour of the Eleven-faced Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Feast of Eternal Bliss

Service in honour of the Ever-Present Buddha

Remembrance Service

Service in honour of and in gratitude to the founders

Feast of Kasanori

Service in honour of the Earthly Dharma Protector

Homa Service

Fire ritual to bring forth one's aspiration for enlightenment

Prayer Gathering

Services led by members: chanting, testimonies, teachings



The Three Major Buddhist Services:

Services held to commemorate the three significant events of the Buddha Shakyamuni's life (birth, attaining enlightenment, and entering final nirvana); observed by all Buddhists.

Feb. 15 - Feast of Nirvana
Apr. 8 - Feast of the Buddha's Birth
Dec. 8 - Feast of Enlightenment


Unique to Shinnyo-en:

Festival of the Ever-Present (March / April)

Celebrating the birth of the Founder and reaffirming his teachings.

Ogen Festival (May)

Celebration and praise of the spiritual support of the Shinnyo teachings.

Festival of Oneness (Ichinyo Matsuri) (November)

Service to reflect on and extend gratitude to the buddhas for the fruits of the year's efforts and to foster the spirit of harmony.


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