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2020 Hoshi Matsuri / Star Enshrining Prayer

2020星祭大祈祷会の御案内

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Hoshimatsuri 星祭 2020 Star Chart and Application Form

Based upon the movements of the Sun and the stars, we have established a year to be 365 days, a week to be seven days, a day to be twenty-four hours. Our ages and customs of daily living are dependent on these cycles. The phases of the moon are used to create the lunar calendar and the movement of the Sun determines our present calendar. The heavenly bodies have been inseparably tied with our lives.

Ancient astrology has determined the Seven Stars (Shichiyo) and Nine Stars (Kyusei) and the 28 constellations (Nijuhachi Shukusei). Shingon Esoteric Buddhism has integrated the dynamics of these heavenly bodies into the ritual called Hoshi Matsuri, “hoshi” meaning stars and “matsuri” meaning to enshrine. Prayers are offered to achieve the following:

Sokusai- ho:  Safe living, avoiding accidents.
Zoyaku-ho:  Increasing good fortune and merits to make our living affluent.
Enmei-ho:  Maintaining good health and attaining longevity.

Always we yearn for good health and good fortune, but it is not easy even to maintain matters around you in the same state. Environments are changing second by second. You can never be independent from everything surrounding you. Therefore please attend the Star Matsuri Prayer Service to build good relationships with heavenly bodies and deities who are quietly corresponding with your life this year.

The Hoshi Matsuri Prayer Service for the Year 2020 will be held on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9th at 12 Noon at the Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 1518 S. Washington Street, Seattle, WA 98144.

Application form is enclosed for your convenience. The special amulet according to your guiding star will be made through the ritual. Please fill the application form (especially the # of the star, your name, and date of birth) and return it to the temple by Tuesday, February 4th via mail or Email. Thank you.

Phone: (206) 325-8811 Email: contact@seattlekoyasan.com

                                             Gassho,
Head Priest
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昨今、我われ人間の生活スタイルは、もっと地球に優しくあるべきだということが、さかんに言われております。地球環境が健康であってはじめて、この惑星の一住人たる人類も、健やかでありうるということは、自明の道理であります。

その地球を一秒の狂いもなく正確に自転/公転せしめ、春夏秋冬をもたらして、自然環境の骨格を形づくっているのが、太陽の運行、月の運行、星々の運行です。人類が、人類だけでは存在しえぬように、地球もまた、地球だけで存在することはできません。地球上の出来事のみならず、全宇宙の全天体が織りなす精密なる自然(じねん)のうちに、我われは生かされております。

太陽等の星の動きをもとに、1年が365日、1週間が7日、1日が24時間と定められ、その周期で年齢が計算され、また月の満ち欠けや潮の満ち干きにより、我われの毎日の生活サイクルが形づくられております。一人ひとりの生活は、地球上の自然環境はもとより、全宇宙、全天体の運行と、切っても切り離されない関係で結ばれております。

古代占星術は、七曜、九星、二十八宿を定めておりますが、これらの原理を包摂し、より精緻に構成された密教の秘法により、皆様の息災(災難を離れて安全に生活する)、増益(福徳を増進して生活を豊かにする)、延命(健康を保持して長寿を全うする)を、新たな一年の始まる春節に、天空の星々に至心より祈る機会が「星祭」です。

我われは、日々健康と幸福を求めて暮らしておりますが、「板子一枚下は海」です。荒波に翻弄(ほんろう)される木の葉のうえで、それと気づかぬままに波乗りをしているのが人の人生です。無事を保っていくのは、容易なことではありません。それゆえ本年も、あなたを陰ながら護り導く星々と、良好なご縁を結び、総運を高めましょう。運命はたった紙一重のちがいで大きく変わります。

星祭のご祈祷を、ご家族は言うに及ばず、お知り合いの方々へもお勧めくださいませ。皆と歓びを共にすることは、仏さまのみ教えです。

2020年星祭大祈祷会は、2月9日(日)昼12時より、シアトル高野山・本堂にて厳修されます。ご家族お揃いでお参り下さい。御フダをご準備いたしますので、別紙申し込み用紙に必要事項をご記入の上、2月4日(火)までに、郵便またはEメールにて当山へお申し込み下さいませ。

電話(206)-325-8811 Eメール contact@seattlekoyasan.com

                                     山主敬白

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