The Japanese word Ogoma refers to the sacred burning of an object during a Ogoma kigan an esoteric ﬁre ritual. Here at Nishi Arai Daishi a special wooden piece, Gomagi, inscribed with prayers or wishes is burned in the center of the Gomadan, a ﬁre-alter. The Gomadan is positioned in front of the principal image of the Buddha where the Gomagi are lit by the ﬁre of Tomyo, a ﬂame taken from the candle representing the light of the Buddhaʼs wisdom. It is believed that the ﬂame carries the prayers and wishes to the gods providing succor and purifying the soul.
There are three types of Gomagi, of which the thickest, called Dangi, are assembled into a low square tower in the Gomadan by alternately stacking them in parallel layers. Dangi is considered the most important item for the burning and is also an oﬀering to the Buddha.
To participate in the Ogoma kigan, you write your wish or prayer, one per piece, on the Gomagi. The Gomagi are oﬀered to be burned in the ritual ﬂame that delivers your prayers and feelings to the gods.
Please write your name
Please write a Ganmoku
(Wishes) in Japanese.
Note:The Ogoma kigan is for your current concerns. Please donʼt write memorial wishes for ancestors nor spiritual beings.
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