Welcome to “Myoryuji Website!”
Myoryuji is the temple of the Nichiren shu which locates in Sakura city, Chiba pref., Japan. The Nichiren shu is the Buddhist sect which was founded by Nichiren Shonin(1222-1282) on April 28th , A.D.1253 during the Kamakura era. Nichiren Shonin had found and started to preach that the lotus sutra is the exactly true teachings of Buddha.
Minobusan Kuonji in Minobu town, Yamanashi pref. has been the grand head temple of the Nichiren shu. That temple was established by Nichiren Shonin in A.D.1274 and is the place of the Nichiren shonin's tomb. It has been the most sacred place for worship for the Nichiren shu followers.
Belief of Nichiren shu has been consolidated into the phrase of Odaimoku: "Namu Myoho Renge Kyo". So we chant this phrase. The meaning of Odaimoku is “we are adoring the words of the lotus sutra”.
Myoryuji was reared as the temple of the Nichiren shu in Apr.,A.D.1471 during the Muromachi era by Nichii shonin who was the 9th chief priest of Hondoji, Matsudo city, Chiba pref. At first, the site of the temple was in front of the main gate of the Sakura castle. After that, during the Hoei period (A.D. 1704-11) in the Edo era, temple moved to the present place due to the expansion of the Sakura region.
Now the priest here is the 26th and his name is Eisho Murakami.
Sakura is a city between Tokyo and Narita and the former castle town (Jokamachi). The site of the castle still remains as a park, “Joshi Koen”. That park has been known as its beauty of many cherry blossom trees. Also, there is the “National Museum of History” in the park. Besides that park, there still remain many sites of historical buildings, beautiful gardens and lovely pathways... You can enjoy the historical atmosphere and natural scenery in Sakura.
You will see here...
Hondo, the main hall
Constructed in Apr., A.D.1988. Ceremony is held here.
Sanmon, the gate of the temple
Constructed in Nov., A.D.2004.
Kasamori-inari, the building to the right of the gate
Constructed in Nov., A.D.2004. In this building, Kasamori-inari, the god of skin disease, has been worshipped.
Hoto, the stone marker
Constructed in Aug., A.D.1719. Odaimoku, Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, is curved on the surface. This stone has been informing us of the entrance of the temple.
The big gingko nut tree
You will see the big tree in the center of the temple...that is the gingko nut tree. It is said more than 250years old... In autumn, the leaves are changing to yellow and once leaves fall to the ground, those will be like a golden carpet...
You may feel that everything seems new here. But, all buildings were compelled to be rebuilt because former buildings were getting too old after many years passed...
We have gatherings at 13.30 on the 1st Sunday of each month. There we have chances to learn how to read the lotus sutra and sing the “Wasan”-sort of the singing lotus sutra.
Upcoming Event (excluding the monthly gatherings written above)
"Mamemaki" , the bean scattering for the "Setsubun-Rissyun Gokito-e"
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 4th
Venue: South side of the Myoryuji main hall
Actually, Feb. 4th has been the New Year's day on the traditional lunar calender in Japan. That new year's day is called "Rissyun". On the other hand, the last day of the previous year on Feb. 3rd is called "Setsubun". So, both of "Setsubun" and "Rissyun" can be said important days for long time..
Here at Moyryuji, there will be held the special pray, "Gokito" for the coming year and "Mamemaki", the bean scattering, for driving away the bad luck of the previous year.
For the "Gokito", application will be needed and charged 7,000yen for the "Setsubun"/4000yen for the "Rissyun".
For more information, please ask Myoryuji directly by call of e-mail because there are several kinds for the "Gokito" such as good health, family happiness, protecting from accidents and so on.
On the other hand, "Mamemaki" which will be held after the pray can be joined by everyone for free. Please gather at the south side of the hall by 14.30. People who applied the "Setsubun" pray will scatter the roasted beans to drive away the bad luck for the previous year and welcome the good luck of the new year!
Actually not only beans but also snacks, toys, other small goods will be scatterd and who will catch the goods can bring them back home. Lottery will be also held!
"Mamemaki" has been such an enjoyable annual event now in Japan. How about expariencing the Japanese traditional custom joining us on the Feb. 4th??
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