In December we did a last cleaning of 2016 in order to prepare for the New Year. This is an annual tradition in Japan called “O-Soji” 大掃除 which means “O” major, “Soji” cleaning. People wish that by cleaning the old year’s dirt, they can clean and purify the bad elements or karma from the old year in order to have a good new year. “So” of “Soji” means sweeping away, “Ji” means removing and extinguishing. This includes in it both meanings of physical and spiritual cleansing. After cleaning we feel fresh and lively, as if we have purified our body and spirit. Thank you everyone for your support.
Nichiren Shu Buddhist Temple of UK