２０１５年７月号に、青山寺で開催される瞑想教室 "阿字観" を取り上げていただきました。
高野山真言宗宗務総長 添田 隆昭
Koyasan Shingonshu Kongoubuji Souchou Soeda Ryushou and eleven laypersons visited Seizanji Temple for the Opening Ceremony which was held on November 2014.
The Opening Ceremony was attended by Japanese Kimono Ladies, local Australian monks and Japanese monks totalling over 70 people, livening up the atmosphere.
Seizanji Temple officially was recognised on November 2014, when Koyasan Shingonshu Kongoubuji Souchou Soeda Ryushou and eleven laypersons visited Seizanji Temple.
On the previous day of the Opening Ceremony for Seizanji Temple, the Koyasan Visitors including Souchou Soeda Ryushou visited the 70th Memorial Anniversary Services held in Cowra. They prayed
for the resting in peace for the dead soldiers and citizens of World War II.
At Seizanji Temple, we held Ajikan meditation classes and Kannonko which offered deeper understanding of Japanese culture and Buddhism throughout the year.
'Shichigosan' is a 'seven, five, three' festival. It is a festival and a rite of passage for three and seven year old girls and three and five year old boys in Japan, usually held annually on the 15th of November. This festival celebrates the growth and well-being of a child and their future prosperities.
We were very lucky to have a wonderful family, Ms. Iijima and her two lovely children celebrating their 'Shichigosan' here, at Seizanji Temple.
It is now 2017, the Year of the Rooster, Seizanji Temple looks forward to a bright and prosperous new year. On the 8th of January 2017, we had our annual 'New Year Blessing' event where Rev. Washo Saito provided blessings through Shingon, traditional 'Kajikito'.
We wish you all a happy, successful and safe 2017! Please keep in touch with our events through: https://koyasanshingonshu.jimdo.com/events/
文化部 宗務課 宗教法人室 法人係長 林 実 様、
Agency for Cultural Affairs - Japan
Hayashi Minoru, Unit Chief, Religious Affairs Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs
文化部 宗務課 専門職 大澤 広嗣 様、
Agency for Cultural Affairs - Japan
Ph.D. Osawa Koji, Specialist, Religious Affairs Division
On the 5th of August 2017, Seizanji Temple attended the annual Cowra Breakout Memorial Service. In attendance were Rev. William Washo Saito, Wako, Waki and Wajin. We were honoured by the presence of Naval Attache, Captain Shinsuke Amano, who kindly gave us permission to upload these photographs, commemorating the occasion. We would like to take this opportunity to show our sincere gratitude and respect for him. We would also like to show our thanks to 駐豪特命全権草賀大使夫妻, the Ambassador for the Embassy of Japan.
A big thank you also to the Cowra Breakout Association, in particular to Senior Vice President, Harvey Nicholson for making this important event happen. We also enjoyed the morning tea provided kindly by the Association.
We look forward to returning next year for the Sakuramatsuri event.
Wako Hope (Raymond) has just taken the gruelling Shikoku pilgrimage early this year. The trip involves a 1,200 km loop around the island of Shikoku with 88 Buddhist Temples throughout the journey. With very limited possessions and no Google Maps to guide the way, Wako made it to the end. The trip was a life-time achievement for him as well as a significant weight loss reduction!
Seizanji Temple attended the annual Cowra Breakout Memorial Service on Sunday the 23rd of August 2018 as a service of respect to both Australian and Japanese people. Rev. Washo Saito gave a speech, talking about the need to keep the peace which has been given to us by those who gave up their lives.
As always, we thank the Cowra Breakout Association for the opportunity and we thank everyone who participated. Till next year.