Special Karma Lecture by Chief Priest May 13th at Arlington Central Library 2pm

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Those who are bright, those who are fool, those who are old, and those who are young—all are impermanent.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

In this passage from the Gosho, Nichiren Daishonin addresses the impermanence of human life. All living things eventually will meet their demise without fail. There are no exceptions. Although this is a solemn reality, there are not many people who give it deep thought.

Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism teaches even when our physical body dies, the true entity of our life is forever immortal. Furthermore, the causes we made with our body, mouth, and mind while still alive also will remain as karma and will be carried on into our next life. This is true for both good and bad deeds. The effects that we experience now are from the causes that we made in the past, and the effects that we will face in the future are the consequences of the causes that we currently make. Even if our physical bodies are destroyed, our karma cannot be wiped out.

Lecture on Karma

Visit our Buddhist Temple this Sunday, April 23rd, and listen to our Chief Priest explain Karma, a core belief in Buddhism, and why understanding Karma will change your life for the better.

  • Learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads.
  • Have a 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: April, 2017 Oko Lecture “Upholding the correct attitude in faith at one’s last moment of life.” Nichiren Shoshu Overseas Department

When I, Nichiren, discern the superiority and inferiority of all Buddhist teachings, reason and documentary proof are superior. However, nothing outweighs actual proof.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

From the very start, Buddhism has taught its followers to be merciful and to pursue their own happiness together with concern and compassion for others. There are two ultimate purposes for taking faith in this Buddhism. One is to realize an absolutely unshakable state of happiness in which there is boundless joy in being alive (attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime). The other is to realize an ideal society in which people can enjoy happy lives together based on True 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.

Learn How to Practice Buddhism

Visit our Buddhist Temple on Saturday, April 15th to learn how to do the Buddhist practice of chanting. Our Chief Priest will teach you how to use the Juzu, Buddhist prayer beads. There will be a brief video presentation on the beliefs and origins of Buddhism followed by a Q&A with Rev Sakabe. The meeting starts at 2:00pm and concludes about 3:15pm.

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.6, p.34.