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Awaken Your Buddha Nature

When we look at a person’s face, at times he appears joyful, enraged or calm. At other times, we may see the appearance of greed, foolishness or flattery. Anger is a manifestation of the world of hell, greed is a manifestation of the world of hunger, stupidity is a manifestation of the world of animality, fawning is the manifestation of arrogance, calmness is a manifestation of the world of humanity, and joy is a manifestation of the world of rapture. These six paths all exist in the physical appearance of his face. The four noble worlds are eclipsed, and they are not revealed in the face. However, a careful search would show that they are actually there.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

There are people whose lives are consumed completely by their desires. Some people constantly argue with others. By contrast, there are individuals who always work for the good of others. These people are different because they individually are affected by the karmic bonds that cause them to manifest the ten worlds.

Awaken Your Buddha Nature

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, March 19th, to learn why we need to awaken our Buddha nature and how to do it.

  • 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 Monthly Magazine, March, 2017, Buddhism Made Simple, The Existence of the Ten Worlds, pp.15-17.