‘Goma’ Prayer (Fire Ceremony)
Buddhists belief that we must subjugate and ultimately rid ourselves of worldly desires in order to see the true nature of existence. In order to guide and support us in that goal, qualified monks perform ‘Goma’ Prayer or ‘Fire Ceremony’ in which wooden prayer sticks are burned in a consecrated flame in an act that is believed to be spiritually and psychologically cleansing for participants.
Conducted within the peaceful and reflective Daikanjin compound of Zenko-ji Temple, participants in ‘goma’ prayer will be led and instructed by a resident monk. The burning of prayers in the sacred flame imbues the experience with a deep spirituality and is often found to rid participants of their immediate, worldly concerns.
Whether you are a practicing Buddhist or seeking a memorable and meaningful experience while in Japan, ‘goma’ prayer will leave a deep and lasting impression on you.