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New 2023 Omamori Form
The new Omamori Order Form is now available for you to download and mail in while we update our website. Please mail in your forms with a check and allow the time to process your order. If you have any questions you can call the temple at (213) 624-1267.
Please note our mailing fee has gone up. It's $6 for the first item and $0.50 for each extra item. You may also choose to pick up the item, but will need to make an appointment to ensure someone is there for you to pick up your goods. Hamaya/Arrows are only available for pick up and will not be mailed out.
We thank you for your understanding. You can find the form here.
The Omamori Guide can be found here.
The Book Order Form can be found here.
Koyasan New Year's Schedule 2023
Please see the attached New Year's Schedule and Oseibo Letter by clicking here.
December 18, 2022 - 1:30 PM - Osame Daishi & Goma Service
December 31, 2022 - 4:00 PM - Year End Service
January 1 - 3, 2023 - 9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Hatsumode
January 1, 2023 - 10:00 AM - New Year's Day Shusho-E Goma Service
January 2, 2023 - 10:00 AM - New Year's Goma Services
January 3, 2023 - 10:00 AM - New Year's Taiko Gohei Blessing Services
Hoshi Matsuri - 厄ばらい星まつり
It is said that each year of a person's life is influenced by the "star (birth star)" of the year in which he or she is born, and each year's fortune changes. This is called "Hoshi-Meguri", which means the rotation of the stars to determine a person's fortune each year. It is said that the synergistic relationship between the star of the year and the nine stars that we were born with can lead to a good year ( ○ ) or a bad year ( ● ).
Hoshi Matsuri is a ceremony held before the start of spring every year to pray for one's own star to be protected from bad luck and misfortune in a bad year, and to pray for more luck in a good year.
"Yakubarai Hoshi Matsuri" is an event to pray for good luck to purify the evil of the year. It is said that "Yaku" is the turning point of life where bad luck and hindrance is likely to happen to you, and there is a custom to pray for warding off the bad luck. The year of bad luck is a time of transition in a person's life, whether mental, physical, or social, and it is said that there are many changes and calamities that may occur during this period of time.
It is a time of great misfortune for men at ages 25, 42, and 61, and for women at ages 19, 33, 37, and 61, and the years before and after these are also known as "Mae-Yaku" and "Ato-Yaku".
If you wish to have prayers offered for you and your family to ward off bad luck and misfortune, please return or send in the application by Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
You can download the application and additional information here.
2023 Soe Goma Form
Shingon Buddhism's "Goma Ritual" was introduced by Master Kobo Daishi in Japan and is the most powerful and effective prayer practice in Esoteric Buddhism. This religious ceremony originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is unparalleled in its ability to liberate people from suffering, remove the darkness of ignorance, and bring the light of enlightenment to all beings.
At Koyasan Beikoku Betsuin, we conduct the Goma Ritual 15 times a year (Monthly + New Year's Day, Hoshimatsuri, and Shichi-Go-San). During the Goma Ritual, the priests will pray for and burn the goma-gi on which your selected prayer is written.
This year the Betsuin will also offer the option of applying for a special wooden Goma ofuda custom created by the Bishop that will be blessed at each Goma Service. The wooden ofuda will then be presented to the applicant at the end of the year to enshrine in their home for the next year and bring the divine protection and blessings of Fudo Myoo into their home.
If you wish to have the ministers offer a goma-gi and a prayer for you throughout the year,
please return or send in the application by January 15, 2023.
New Issue (246) of the JIHO Newsletter
Koyasan Boy Scout Troop 379 Eagle Scout Recyclables Fundraising
Bring in your aluminum cans and plastic bottles to Koyasan for recycling! The Boy Scouts will take contributed recyclables to a recycling center to help fund their camping needs, fun activities and service projects. The Scouts of Troop 379 appreciate your support. To coordinate a drop off, please contact Regina Sakurai at (213) 624-1267 or by email at email@example.com.
We're moving forward on our second 100 years of serving the community of Los Angeles. We've posted a pictorial chronology of Koyasan Beikoku Betsuin of Los Angeles as documented in our 100th Anniversary commemorative publication. Feel free to view the publication in our History Center.
Also, in our History Center, please feel free to take a few minutes to watch the companion video entitled Koyasan 100. An in-depth video montage of Koyasan's first 100 years.
Koyasan 2023 Calendar & Schedules
Click here or on the image (left) to view Koyasan's current newsletter entitled "Jiho".
* The Jiho Newsletter is issued on a periodic basis (not related to a specific month, quarter, etc.)