Special Introduction to Buddhism Meeting – BALTIMORE – July 1st

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A practitioner of the Lotus Sutra will not be influenced, just like the lotus flowers that are not tainted by the muddy water surrounding them.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century, Japan

The Oneness of Life and Its Environment

Living beings and their environment are not separate. They are dependent on one another. We are able to change our own life condition by practicing the true Law, and this brings about the transformation of our environment. This concept is called the “oneness of life and its environment” (esho funi).

This signifies that life (a sentient being) and its environment (the external, insentient world where the sentient being lives) are not two, but one, contained in a single life-moment. Both life and its environment are the resultant manifestation of karmic causes accumulated from past existences.

All living beings and their environments in any of the ten worlds are, without exception, the manifestations of Myoho-Renge-Kyo. (Nichiren Daishonin)

Change Yourself, Change Your Environment

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, May 28th, for a lecture on the Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds by our Chief Priest, Rev. Sakabe.

  • 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: Basic Buddhist Terms: The Five Impurities, Nichiren Shoshu Monthly, May, 2017, p.20; Basic Buddhist Terms: The Oneness of Life and Environment (Esho Funi), Nichiren Shoshu Monthly, September, 2015, p.15-16; and, Oneness of Life and its Environment, Basic Terminology of Nichiren Shoshu, page 88.

Titles are essential to convey the contents of a scripture, be it superior or inferior…the five characters of Myo-Ho-Renge-Kyo, needless to say, are the essence of the eight volumes [of the Lotus Sutra], the heart of all sutras, and the most supreme and correct Law revered by all Buddhas, bodhisattvas, people of the two vehicles, heavenly beings, ashuras, dragon deities and so on.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

“Doctrinal aspects” refers to the theoretical and doctrinal study of the Buddha’s teachings. “Observation of the mind” means to practice in accordance with the Buddha’s teachings.

In Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, observation of the mind corresponds to single-mindedly chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo to the Gohonzon, which manifests the mind and life of the True Buddha. By correctly practicing true Buddhism with one’s mind focused on the true object of worship, one will definitely gain the fruit of Buddhahood within one’s life.

Intro Video & Lecture on Buddhism’s Core Beliefs

Visit our Buddhist Temple on Sunday, May 21st for a brief video presentation on Buddhism’s history and beliefs and a brief lecture on the practice of Buddhism by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe.

  • 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: Basic Terminology of Nichiren Shoshu, p26, p31.