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Buddhism’s Beliefs & Origins

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.