If you truly desire your own peace and security, should you not first pray for peace of the entire nation?
Nichiren Daishonin (13th century Japan)
Even in daily life, it is not possible for us to become happy alone, just by ourselves. “Peace and security” refers to a safe and peaceful society. If we wish for our own peaceful and secure life, we must wish for the world to become safe and peaceful. In a narrow sense, “the world” means one’s household or his own surroundings. In a broad sense, it refers to a society, the whole country, or the entire world. We form a close relationship with our surroundings. For example, if a war occurs, an individual’s happiness will be ruined. Unless peace and security of the world is established, the happiness of each individual cannot be realized.
Intro to Buddhism Meeting – Saturday
On Saturday, July 8th, our Chief Priest will lecture on the core beliefs of Buddhism and we will have a brief video explanation of the origins of Buddhism. Visit our Buddhist Temple to learn what Buddhism can teach you about true happiness, independence, peace and security.
- 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 Saturday’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: Freedom from Doubt is True Faith.