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.
2631 Appian Way
Pinole, CA 94564
Monday – Friday
6:30 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
|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
|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.