Keizan Zenji’s Birthday Service

A service is held in November celebrating the birth of Keizan Zenji, the founder of the temple Daihonzan Sojiji. Keizan Zenji was born in Echizen Province, which is present day Fukui Prefecture on November 21, 1268 CE. Keizan Zenji is credited with initiating the rapid and wide spread growth and influence of Soto Zen throughout Japan. He laid the foundation for the development of Soto Zen by training many outstanding disciples who would propagate the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha. And so, it is with deep reverence and gratitude that we honor and pay homage to Master Keizan.