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Soto Zen Religious Holidays
||The Sutra Ceremony lasts for three consecutive mornings - Sanjōkitō - for national peace, for the prosperity of the Dharma and for a happy New Year.|
||First day of the winter offertory by monks at the Daijo-ji monastery.
||Birthday of Eihei Dogen Zenji.
||Last day of the winter offertory by monks at the Daijo-ji monastery.|
||Anniversary of Shakyauni Buddha’s entrance into Nirvana, the Nehan-e picture is hung and Sutra Yuikyōgyō is recited. In Daijo-ji, Dango, or sweets made of rice flour that represent Shakyamuni’s bones are offered to many visiting followers.
|21 March and 23 September
||The Higan period - the other shore- is celebrated for three weeks where the dead are honored.|
||Birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha.|
|Around 15 July and 15 August
||For three weeks family ancestors are commemorated.
||Day in which food is given to hungry spirits, or the Gaki.|
||Anniversary of the death of the two Founding Patriarchs of the Soto School: Dogen Zenji and Keizen Zenji.
||Anniversary of the death of Bodhidharma.
||Anniversary of the death of Tettsu Gikai Zenji, founder of the Daijo-ji monastery.
||Birthday of Kaizan Zenji.
||Zazen is practiced 24 hours a day for eight days.
||Anniversary of the Satori of Shakyamuni Buddha.