How To Oshoko (Offer Incense)

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How To Oshoko (Offer Incense)

Offering incense is a symbol of purification.  When we offer incense, it is not a desire for something in return.  Many practices in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism are exercises in being mindful.  Here are the steps.

  • Bow with your hands at your sides about 3 feet away from the incense burner.
  • Starting with your left foot, take a few steps until you can reach the burner.
  • Take a very small pinch of incense and put it in the burner.
  • Now place your hands together and bow reciting “Namo Amida Butsu”
  • Now place your hands back at your side, and take two steps backwards starting with your right foot.
  • Bow again.