November COVID Temple Closure Announcement

To all Hokkeko Members and Visitors:

Due to the pandemic the Temple remains closed through the end of November. The decision to reopen the Temple will be made in accordance with government regulations and Nichiren Shoshu Temples (NST).

Temple events are being conducted virtually. Please reach out to your Area Coordinator to learn how to participate. To receive regular updates from the Temple subscribe to the Weekly Events e-Newsletter.

For 35 years, Seiganzan Myoshinji Temple has served the community as a place where people from all backgrounds can come to learn about and practice Buddhism.

The Temple is open to anyone interested in learning about Buddhism and its impact on one’s daily life. To schedule a visit call 510-222-8372 during Temple hours.

Temple Address:
2631 Appian Way
Pinole, CA 94564

Temple Hours:
Monday – Friday
6:30 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday
7:30 am – 4:30 pm


Daily Ceremonies

The Temple conducts a ceremony known as Gongyo every Morning and Evening along with Shodai (the practice of chanting). The ceremonies are open for all to attend and participate in.

Period Day Temple Hours
Mornings M-F Gongyo: 7:00 am followed by ½ hour Shodai
Saturday Gongyo: 10:00 am followed by ½ hour Shodai
Sunday Kosen-rufu Shodai (First Sunday): 8:50 am – 9:50am
Gongyo: 10:00 am
Evenings M-F Gongyo: 5:00 pm followed by ½ hour Shodai
Saturday Gongyo: 3:30 pm followed by ½ hour Shodai
Sunday Gongyo: 3:30 pm followed by ½ hour Shodai

View the Full Temple Calendar

Events are held throughout the week, month, and year. Visit the Events Calendar to see all Temple events.

Monthly Ceremonies

Kosen-rufu Shodai

One hour of Shodai is conducted every first Sunday at Myoshinji Temple at 8:50 am for the achievement of Kosen-rufu. This Shodai is conducted at the direction of the High Priest who conducts a Kosen-rufu Shodai every first Sunday at the Head Temple Taisekiji and who has instructed that all Nichiren Shoshu temples do the same.

Okyobi Ceremony

The Okyobi Ceremony is held on the first Sunday of every month at 10:00 am for the attainment of enlightenment of deceased friends and relatives of Myoshinji members.

Oko Ceremony

The Oko Ceremony is conducted on the second Sunday of each month at 10:00 am to honor and repay our debt of gratitude for the profound benefit of the three treasures: Nichiren Daishonin (the Buddha), the Dai-Gohonzon (the Law), and Nikko Shonin (the priesthood). The concept of acknowledging and repaying debts of gratitude, which is basic to the spirit of the Oko Ceremony, is essential to a correct understanding of true Buddhism and our own lives.

Ceremony Date Time
Kosen-rufu Shodai First Sunday of the Month 8:50am
Okyobi Ceremony First Sunday of the Month 10:00am
Oko Ceremony Second Sunday of the Month 10:00am

Annual Major Temple Ceremonies


Ceremony Description Date
Gantan Gongyo New Year’s Gongyo Jan. 1st, 10:00am
Exchange Meeting with Student Priests 18 student priests visit Myoshinji Temple Jan. 20th, 11:30am
Setsubun-e Ceremony Celebration of the advent of spring Feb. 1st, 3:30pm
Koshi-e Ceremony 2nd High Priest Nikko Shonin’s memorial Feb. 2nd, 10:00am
Otanjo-e Ceremony & Oko Nichiren Daishonin’s Birthday Feb. 9th, 10:00am
Higan-e Ceremony Memorial ceremony for the deceased – spring equinox Mar. 22nd, 10:00am
27th Hokkeko Gen. Mtg. and Risshu-e Ceremony Celebration of the establishment of True Buddhism Apr. 12th, 10:00am
Myoshinji Temple Anniversary & Oko Myoshinji Temple 36th Anniversary Jun. 14th, 10:00am
Urabon-e Ceremony Memorial ceremony for the deceased Jul. 19th, 10:00am
Gonan-e Ceremony & Oko Celebration of the Tatsunokuchi Persecution Sep. 13th, 10:00am
Higan-e Ceremony Memorial ceremony for the deceased – fall equinox Sept. 20th, 10:00am
Oeshiki Ceremony & Oko Celebration of Nichiren Daishonin’s eternal life Oct. 11th, 10:00am
Mokushi-e Ceremony, Oko, & Shichi Go San 3rd High Priest Nichimoku Shonin’s memorial and Children’s day  Nov. 8th, 10:00am

Importance of Attending Ceremonies

Attending the various ceremonies at the temple is an important part of the practice of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. It is here where we put the profound principles of true Buddhism into a concrete physical form, so that we can participate in the true teaching with our bodies and minds. At the ceremonies, conducted by the Nichiren Shoshu priest, faith, practice, and study all come together.