SPECIAL Introductory Lecture – Hallendale Beach, FL – Saturday, October 27th

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There is certain to be suffering in living in this threefold world. This matter of suffering lies at the origin of the teachings of the Buddha. That is, as viewed by the Buddha, we are tormented within our lives by the four sufferings of birth, aging, sickness, and death and further by a multitude of other sufferings, such as the suffering of being separated from those whom we love, the suffering of not receiving what we seek, the suffering of meeting with those whom we despise, and the sufferings arising from the five components. The cause of those sufferings is that we try to obtain enjoyment according to self-centered erroneous desires, since we are unable to enter into the correct path of joy and suffering.

To resolve these sufferings, the Buddha preached a variety of teachings with great compassion. There are many paths taught in the teaching of Buddhism: to resolve suffering by the wisdom that we innately possess, or to transcend all suffering through genuine calming of the mind (which is known as meditation), or to accumulate true virtue by correctly making one’s way along the path of good and evil and making the virtue one gains by upholding the precept a part of one’s life.*

Buddhism’s Beliefs Lecture – SUN Oct 21st

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, October 21st, for a brief video presentation and lecture on Buddhism’s beliefs 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 Assistant Priest, Rev Nishioka.
  • 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.

*Excerpt: Sermons 1992-2002 by Sixty-seventh High Priest Nikken Shonin.

It is October and time for the Oeshiki Ceremony, the celebration of the eternal life of Nichiren Daishonin. This ceremony is held each October at local Buddhist temples of Nichiren Shoshu.

The Oeshiki ceremony celebrates how the Daishonin, upon his entry into nirvana, manifested the duality of extinction and non-extinction as the True Buddha, thus revealing his constant life in the three existences.*

Founder of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism

Nichiren Daishonin is the founder of Nichiren Shoshu. He passed away on October 13, 1282. The Oeshiki Ceremony is the celebration of the eternal life of Nichiren Daishonin. The Head Temple Taiseki-ji as well as local temples, like Myosenji Temple, decorate the altar with colorful paper cherry blossoms.

At the core of Buddhist doctrine is the revelation of the concept of oneness. The fact that at the time of the Daishonin’s death there was an earthquake as the cherry trees bloomed out of season teaches us the Buddhist concept of oneness. The oneness of the common mortal and Buddha. The oneness of life and its environment, the oneness of body and mind and the oneness of death and birth cannot be separated from each other. Therefore, at the moment of the True Buddha’s physical death, the earth shook in farewell, but the cherry trees bloomed out of season in welcome. Thus, the Daishonin’s passing reveals the principle of oneness.

*Excerpted from Nichiren Shoshu Monthly, October, 2015, “The Person and The Law” pp.21-22.