Neri-Kuyo

Neri-Kuyo

August 16, every three years (2011, 2014...)
A Buddhist ceremony held every three years at Joshinji Temple in Tokyo, Japan, to celebrate the coming to earth of the Bodhisattvas. They are Buddhas-to-be who have undertaken a quest for enlightenment and have vowed to save all beings before they attain Buddhahood.
One of the best-known vows taken by a Bodhisattva is this:
Living beings are countless—
I vow to save them all.
Passions are inextinguishable—
I vow to extinguish them all.
Dharma truths are measureless—
I vow to master them all.
The Buddha-way is unexcelled—
I vow to attain it.
For the Neri-Kuyo in Tokyo, a curved wooden bridge is erected between two of the temple buildings, and local people dressed as Amitabha Buddha and 24 other Bodhisattvas file slowly across the bridge and back again. Wearing golden masks and haloes and fanned by attendants, they repeat this ceremony three times a day.
CONTACTS:
Japan National Tourist Organization
1 Rockefeller Pl., Ste. 1250
New York, NY 10020
212-757-5640; fax: 212-307-6754
www.jnto.go.jp
SOURCES:
DictWrldRel-1989, p. 112