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At Sojiji, various kinds of events and ceremonies are held throughout the year.

Month Schedule Details
January Hatsumode (the first temple visit at New year) Wishing good health throughout the year.
Kangyo Takuhatsu (Begging for alms) Monks go out to the city to beg for alms.
Dogen Zenji’s birthday assembly Birthday of Dogen Zenji
February Setsubun To call for good luck
Nehan (Nirvana) Sesshin  
Buddha’s Nirvana assembly Death day of Shakyamuni Buddha
March Memorial ceremony for the victims of North-East Japan earth quake.  
Spring Higan-e (Equinox ceremony) 1 week of Buddhist practice
April Start of intensive summer practice period  
Buddha’s birthday assembly Birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha
Jukai-e (ceremony of giving precepts) Practice days to receive precepts.
May Summer Ango Special practice days for monks.
June Denko-e Sesshin Intensive Zazen days and lecture for trainee monks.
July Obon Sejiki-e ceremony to comfort the Ancestral spirits
Tanagyo Monks visit members homes to chant sutras
Bon dance festival (Mitama matsuri)  
August Summer Zazen session Zazen practice for public
September Autumn Higan-e (Equinox ceremony) 1 week of Buddhist practice
October Start of intensive winter practice period  
Memorial ceremony for Bodhi-Dharma Death day of Bodhi Dharma.
Goryoson Goshoki-e Memorial ceremonies for the  founder and 2nd abbot of Sojiji
November Gathering  of  Sojiji ‘s members “Tsurumi Yume Hiroba”  
Memorial day of Sojiji’s relocation Relocation from Noto, Monzen-cho to Tsurumi
Winter Ango Special practice days for monks.
Keizan Zenji’s birthday assembly Birthday of Keizan Zenji
December Rohatsu Sesshin Intensive Zazen practice days for trainee monks
Buddha’s Attainment assembly The day of Buddha Shyakyamuni’s Enlightenment
other events
Monthly Zazen day 13:00- Zazen session for public on a designated day each month
Ho-on (repay the blessings) woman’s society Monthly gathering in connection with the monastery schedule.
Baika chanting 7th, 17th, 27th of every month (Eisanka/ Buddhist hymns sung with bell accompany)
The day for Hikari Kannon (shining bodhisattva) 18th of every month
The day for Mizuko Jizo (guardian deity for the spirits of miscarried babies) 24th of every month
Shakyo (tracing sutra) 25th of every month (change possible, please confirm in advance)
Monthly Sermon 25th of every month (change possible, please confirm in advance)
The day of Sanbo Daikojin (guardian deity to protect Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) 27th of every month


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