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In the United States, all attention this week is on our celebration of Thanksgiving. It’s a traditional time for family, food and football. It’s also a celebration to remind Americans to practice gratitude and appreciation for everything in our lives. Safe travels and joyful times!

The concept of repaying debts of gratitude is fundamental in Buddhism. According to the principle of the oneness of self and others, the reason each individual is able to exist at the present moment is due to the many influences of others. We are able to exist only because of connections to others: to parents and ancestors, teachers, friends, neighbors, society, the nation and the environment. In fact, we owe our existence to everything, both the tangible and the intangible. One who is awakened to this feels gratitude for all living beings, and to all existence.*

Lecture: Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, November 26th, for a brief lecture on Buddhism’s concept of the Ten Worlds by our Chief Priest. Rev Sakabe will also explain the importance gratitude plays in our lives and how our Buddhist practice teaches us how to show gratitude to others.

  • 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 Sunday’s meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.

 

*Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, p.35

Hence, if one believes in this Gohonzon and chants Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo even for a brief while, no prayer will go unanswered, no sin will be un-eradicated, and no truth will remain unrevealed …

written by Nichikan Shonin, 26th High Priest

Through our Buddhist practice and honest self-reflection, we begin to understand that in order to fulfill our desires we must eradicate the negative karma accumulated in past lives. As individuals we pray to the Gohonzon about different things because of differences in our current circumstances and backgrounds and differences in the paths we walk as human beings. The fundamental source of these differences is our individual karma from past lifetimes. The negative karma we have accumulated through slandering the Law in past lives is particularly significant because it is the dominant cause of unhappiness and suffering in the present.*

Introductory Lecture on Karma

Visit Myosenji Buddhist Temple Sunday, Nov 19th, for an Introductory lecture on Karma by our Chief Priest. Learn why the promise that “no prayer will go unanswered” is real when you change your Karma.

  • Brief lecture by Chief Priest on the Buddhist concept of Karma
  • 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, Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist, immediately following the meeting.

*Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, p.31-32.