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Karma: What Is a Good Cause?

In the Maka Shikan, T’ien-t’ai says, “Without encountering a master, evil thoughts will increase daily, and the sufferings of birth and death will become deeper by the month. Just like trying to escape from a dense jungle while dragging a gnarled branch, escape would be impossible. Even in the general affairs of this world, one asks for advice. How much more important is it that we not rely upon our own self-centered wisdom when it comes to the profound truths of Buddhism?”

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Since childhood, we have learned languages, studied academic subjects, and trained for occupations. We could not possibly have done these things alone. Instead, we have been able to gain knowledge through instruction by our parents, friends, teachers, seniors or superiors. Since this is true in the case of daily life, how much more true it is within the profound world of Buddhism.

Learn To Make Good Causes

You can make good causes for your happiness and the happiness of your family and significant others by first deepening your understanding of the Buddhist concept of Karma. Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, July 23rd, for an in-depth explanation of Karma from our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe.

  • Brief lecture by Chief Priest on Buddhism & Karma
  • 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, Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist, immediately following the meeting.

 

Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice