In the early morning of April 28, 1253, Nichiren Daishonin, age 32, stood alone in Kasagamori forest at the top of Seicho-zan Mountain waiting for dawn. As the sun rose above the Pacific Ocean, Nichiren Daishonin joined his hands in prayer and began to chant the Daimoku: “Nam-Myoho-renge-Kyo…”
Nichiren Daishonin stated in “Letter to the Priests at Seicho-ji Temple”:
To repay my debt of gratitude to Bodhisattva Kokuzo, on the twenty-eighth day of the fourth month in the fifth year of Kencho (1253), south of the image hall in Dozen-bo’s lodging in Seichoji Temple in Awa Province, I began preaching the Law to the priests and lay believers assembled there, such as Josen-bo and some others. (Gosho, p.946)
Each year in April, every Nichiren Shoshu Temple celebrates the Risshu-e Ceremony. The significance of the annual Risshu-e Ceremony is to express our gratitude to Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of True Buddhism.
Myosenji Temple will celebrate this ceremony on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10 am.
Reference: Nichiren Shoshu Ceremonies book and The Doctrines and Practice of Nichiren Shoshu book.
In the final analysis, this sutra of Myoho-Renge-Kyo sums up all the teachings and meditational practices of Shakyamuni Buddha’s entire lifetime in a single moment of life, and encompasses all the living beings of the Ten Worlds and their environments in the three thousand realms.
written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan
We all experience the feeling of running in circles and going nowhere. The feeling that you are wasting time, aimlessly going through life. Or maybe you are caught up in an endless cycle of doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. Buddhism explains this life condition with the concept of the six lower worlds.
Find out how you can transcend the six lower worlds and purify your life. Our Chief Priest will be lecturing on the Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds this Sunday, April 30th.
- Learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads.
- Q&A with our Chief Priest.
- The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes around 3:15 pm. Open to the public.
If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after the meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.