They are often inscribed with the bonji - Sanskrit mantric syllable - of a particular buddha, bodhisattva, or deity, and then empowered in a ritual during which the presence of that being is invoked. When hung in a home, vehicle, or place of work they serve not only to protect, but also to establish connection with the temple and teacher that created them.
For 2024, Korinji is offering paper ofuda of the Shaka Sanzon. This is the trio of Shaka Nyorai (Shakyamuni Buddha), Monju Bosatsu (the bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjusri), and Fugen Bosatsu (the bodhisattva of vows and compassionate activity, Samantabhadra). Together, these three are the most common images serving as the honzon - central object of veneration - on a Zen altar (including the altar in Korinji's main hall). Monju and Fugen are respectively embodiments of wisdom and compassion, awakening and the post-awakening path, principle and function. Shaka Nyorai in the middle represents the union of these things: a complete enlightenment, and so the highest potential of a human being.
The three Sanskrit seed syllables of these figures printed on the ofuda were brushed by Meido Roshi. The text below contains the names of those figures, Korinji's full temple name, and a dedication stating that prayers for the benefit of the recipient, and fulfillment of his or her dearly held wishes, have been made during the empowerment ritual. When you order an ofuda, we will inscribe your name on it as well.
Each ofuda is 8.5" long. Donation: $40.00 each, includes shipping (international orders of multiple ofuda, please inquire first, as shipping may be an additional charge).
Ofuda will mail around the time of the lunar new year (before February 16th). Only 150 are being made, so please order quickly to ensure you will receive as many as you wish. We will keep ordering open until they run out. Thank you so much for supporting Korinji!
To order click the DONATE button below. PLEASE remember to specify the individual's or family's name you wish inscribed on the ofuda, and make sure your full mailing address is indicated.