New Year’s Day marks the first day, the first month, the beginning of the year and the start of spring. A person who celebrates this day will gain virtue and be loved by all, just as the moon becomes full gradually, moving from west to east, and the sun shines more brightly traveling from east to west.
written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan
New Year’s Day has been celebrated in various ways since ancient times and marks the renewal of a person’s determination to open the way to happiness. For Buddhists, making determinations to improve one’s life and chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo indicates the significance of New Year’s Day.
January 1st – Change Your Karma
You are invited to join us Tuesday, January 1st at 2:00 pm for our Introduction to Buddhism lecture on Karma by our Chief Priest.
- 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.
- 310 University Blvd West, Silver Spring, MD 20901 (entrance on Burnett Ave)
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.
Call or email the Temple if you have questions or need directions.