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Buddhism: Human Life Is Transient

The following is an excerpt from a Gosho written by Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism in 13th century Japan. This Gosho passage is taken from a letter of personal encouragement to Lady Myoho regarding a question she had about death.

Reply to Lady Myoho, the Nun

When I look back upon the past, I, Nichiren have learned Buddhism since my childhood. I made a vow, for human life is transient. Breathing out does not await breathing in. Even dewdrops before the wind cannot be a metaphor. This is an uncertain matter for both the wise and the foolish, the old and the young. Therefore, I must first learn about the last moment, and later learn about other matters. (Gosho, p. 1482)

Sunday’s Monthly Memorial

Our Chief Priest conducts the Monthly Memorial service every third Sunday at Myosenji Temple. Members offer Toba Memorial tablets for their ancestors and others.  This Sunday the ceremony begins at 10:00 am.

Immediately following the ceremony, at 11:00 am, we will hold an Introduction to Buddhism meeting. The topic of this meeting is the Buddhist concept of the Ten Worlds. Join us this Sunday at the Temple to learn about the Ten Worlds and the Buddhist view on life and death.

Aug 17 Introduction