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Friday
Nov162012

What is Eitaikyo?

Eitaikyo literally means "Perpetual Sutra Chanting." Eitaikyo is a Japanese Buddhist observance. The Chinese character, "Ei" contains the ideograph for a river with many tributaries that flow out of it. This represents the continuous flowing of a river, leading to the ocean. It represents something perpetual, something continuous. The character “Dai” (which in this case is pronounced “Tai”) refers to a period of time or a generation. It is an ideograph with the radicals for person and for a stake or post. It means a place or period of history. “Kyo” is the character for chanting of sutras.

Eitaikyo represents for each of us, the continuing flow of the generations upon generations, which have allowed us to hear the teachings of the sutras.

Every temple, including the Buddhist Temple of Salinas, has an Eitaikyo Fund. The Eitaikyo fund is a separate fund from the temple’s other funds, set aside for use by the temple in special circumstances. It is a fund that is not to be used for the general upkeep and day-to-day expenses of the temple. The purpose of the fund is to have assets available to the temple for the upkeep and the restoration of the onajin (altar area), the place where people come to reflect and give appreciation to Amida Buddha and also to express appreciation to all the people and circumstances of the past that have led us to where we are today.

The Eitaikyo list is a compilation of members and families that have contributed to the Temple’s Eitaikyo fund in memory of their deceased family members. In keeping with the special status of the fund, a record is kept in a special book which is placed on the onaijin in a place of honor.

In gassho....