【 History of Fudasan Myouhou-ji Temple 】
In 1733 , Myouhou-ji Temple was opened as a Zen Temple of the Obaku-shu Buddhism school by kyuu-hou-kei Zen Master. At that time, Oumi merchants were flourishing in the middle of the Edo period.
Hachiman canal was used by Oumi merchants as a distribution route to deliver goods and products. The town prospered through commercial activities, however, the merchant ships sometimes experienced accidents and shipwrecks. Therefore, Gosen-Kannon (Kannon Buddha to protect ships), the main buddha statue, was deified at the temple.
【 Gosen Kannon Buddha 】
Standing on a ship with a rod, “Gosen Kannon” (secret buddha) is a very rare wooden statue in Japan. A beautiful blue sea was painted inside cabinet which encloses it. About 1,200 years ago, it is said that “Gosen Kannon” was carved from the parts of a wrecked ship.
( Shin-Kanzeon ) ( Gosen-Kanzeon ) ( Shakamuni-Butsu )
Divine Support by Gosen Kannon and other Buddha: Ship Protection, Safety Travelling, Passing Examination, Success in Business, Health, Salvation from suffering, Long Life, Recovery from sickness.
Kannon Buddha is believed to save people from various sufferings or agonies. In an old story, during sailing on a boat, when people came across severe storms during sailing, as soon as they prayed to “Gosen-Kannon” for help, the storm suddenly became quiet and peaceful. Eventually, the people on the boat were saved by “Gosen Kannon”.
【 Buddhism Sutra 】
In Obaku-shu Zen Buddhism, priests usually read the sutra in Tang pronunciation. Tang was an ancient China/Korea kingdom during the 7th century. The sutra sounds like music. You can listen Oubaku sutra in main hall’s sound system.
【 Segaki Ceremony 】
“Segaki” is a memorial ceremony to pray for the happiness of a loved one who has passed away and to save people turned into “Gaki” (starving evils) who have fallen into hell.
“Zeni-yama”, “Kane-yama” is an event at which specific ornaments made of paper are set alight to generate luck in money and wealth. It is said that if you keep the fragment of the ornaments in your purse, you will have financial good fortune during the year.
You can see “Segaki” ceremony.
“Segaki” ceremony will be held from 18:00〜20:00 on August 19 every year.
Anyone can join.
・Purify the field with holy water.
・Fire on the mountains of money and clothes.
・Give rice cakes and sweets to hungry demons.
When a priest pronounces a spell, the gate of hell opens.
The priest gives rice cakes and sweets to hungry demons and dead.
In the middle of the ceremony , fire the mountain of “Zen-yama” and “Kaneyama” . Everyone pick up the burning residue. If you can pick it up, you may get rich.
【 About Obaku-shu Zen Buddhism 】
The priest Ingen Zenji founded the Obaku-shu school of Zen Buddhism in Japan in 1661. It is now one of the three major Zen Buddhism schools in Japan.
The Obaku-shu Zen Buddhism school was founded in Japan as a part of the Rinzai-Shu Zen Buddhism school during the 17th century. At the time of the Min Dynasty in China, it belonged to Rinzai-shu school of Zen Buddhism. In 1876, Obaku-shu became officially independent from Rinzai-shu.
The Head Temple of Obaku-shu Zen Buddhism is Manpuku-ji temple located in Kyoto.