Hoji – memorial service for Zuiko Redding

A traditional 49-day hoji, or memorial service, will be held for Jikyouji’s founding resident teacher Zuiko Redding at Prairiewoods in Hiawatha, IA, at 4 pm on Saturday, May 25.  Following the service, at 7 pm we will bury her ashes at the Zen Center in Cedar Rapids, IA.  The officiant will be the head of Sotoshu in North America, Gengo Akiba, and he will be accompanied by several other representatives of the denomination.  Zuiko passed away on April 5.

hoji (lit. dharma affair) is a periodic Buddhist memorial service held on the 49th day and on subsequent various anniversaries following a person’s death.  We take the opportunity to consider our own lives with our ancestors and reflect on the chain of causes and conditions that make our present life possible.

Prairiewoods is making accommodations available for those coming from out of town.  Please see its website for information about rooms and rates, and call its office at 319-395-6700 to make reservations.  Accommodations may also be available at Country Inn & Suites at the Cedar Rapids Airport.  No reservation is needed for the ceremonies themselves.

Virtual participation is likely to be possible.  Please monitor Jikyouji’s website for more information about this event as it becomes available.



One Reply to “Hoji – memorial service for Zuiko Redding”

  1. We’d like to attend Zuiko’s service by zoom … and hope you’ll make the option available……

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