Ceremonies at Ekoin Temple, Koyasan Japan
There were two ceremonies that guests could participate in during our stay at Ekoin Temple in Koyasan, Japan.
My favorite was the 6:30am morning chant called Otsutome where the Buddhist monks chanted sutras. Drums, cymbals, and beads took the background to the Monks harmonized voices.
After the chanting was complete, and our respect paid to Buddha we hustled to the next morning Otsutome, the fire ceremony.
I was front and center for this one as the back rows were already filled. But I had the best view.
There was a drummer and a monk performing the ceremony with chanting and building the fire. It was pretty intricate and he was really fast.
Soon the fire was full grown. Guests were able to write “prayers” on wooden sticks in memory of others and for health and well-being. The monk burned those sticks during the ceremony.
It was a very cool experience.
Guests were also able to practice Ajikan Meditation- a form of Singon meditation. My foot feel asleep in the first 5 minutes so I was not in the correct position. They gave us directions in English since the monk leading it only spoke Japanese. I was still suffering from jet lag at this point so my 30 minute quasi-meditation session did help clear some cobwebs.