Special Introduction to Buddhism & Karma Lecture – Coral Cables, FL
Saturday, July 20th, 1:00 pm
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Human 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 precepts a part of one’s life.*

To start your Buddhist practice…

Sunday, July 21st, Myosenji Temple will host a brief video presentation and lecture by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, on Buddhism’s Beliefs. He will explain how to awaken your Buddha nature, transcend the six lower paths and find joy and happiness far beyond the promise of meditation.

  • 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.

*Excerpted: Sermons 1992-2002 by 67th High Priest Nikken Shonin, Pioneer the True Path of the Buddha.

The precept of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism is called the “precept of the diamond chalice” because the power of Myoho-Renge Kyo never can be broken throughout eternity, just like a diamond. In other words, this diamond chalice leads one to attain Buddhahood without fail.*

There are said to be 80,000 volumes of teachings in Buddhism, but they are all condensed into the following three categories:

  • kai (precepts)
  • jo (meditation)
  • e (wisdom)

“Kai” means to stem injustice and to stop evil, and has a more immediate application in daily life.

“Jo” means to concentrate one’s mind to master the profound truth inherent in all life and the universe.

“E” indicates the wisdom to discriminate between right and wrong, good and evil.

The attainment of Buddhahood or enlightenment begins with one’s daily behavior. By enhancing one’s life-condition, one can accumulate good fortune and benefit. Therefore “kai,” or precepts, are an important element for pursuing the correct path of Buddhahood along with “jo” and “e.”

“Gojukai” literally means the ceremony “to receive the precept.” Generally, it is the ceremony for conversion to Buddhism. In Nichiren Shoshu, those determined to start their faith and practice of true Buddhism receive this ceremony from a Nichiren Shoshu priest.

Visit Myosenji Temple to learn how to become a Buddhist. Buddhist practice allows you to change your Karma, change your life for the better, and in turn, help others and the environment we live in. See upcoming dates for our Introductory series on Buddhism.

*Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly Magazine, The Precept of the Diamond Chalice, July, 2019, p.20.

fireworksIn the United States this week we are celebrating the Fourth of July, our Independence Day. It’s a time of red, white and blue parties, parades and fireworks. Myosenji Temple members who live in the Washington, DC area can enjoy the great fireworks display on the DC Mall. We hope everyone has a SAFE and FUN holiday!

How Buddhism Views Independence

Buddhism looks at the concept of independence in a very different way. Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism offers ultimate human independence because it answers life’s most fundamental question:

How can human beings find and keep true happiness in this transient world filled with delusion?

Visit Sunday for Karma Lecture

Sunday, July 7th, Myosenji Temple will host a lecture on Karma by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe. He will explain how to use your Buddhist practice to change your Karma and experience true independence from our delusions and negative 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.
  • 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 Saturday’s meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the cerem

Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life and continue chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, no matter what happens. Then you will experience boundless joy from the Law. Strengthen your faith more than ever.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Negative karma is like malware on your computer. It serves to disrupt, damage or take control of your life. Everyone possesses negative karma in this world. So we have to face and overcome our karma to achieve peace and happiness in our life.

When you chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo to the Gohonzon (object of worship), you acquire the courage to break through any difficulties. It is because the practice of chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo awakens us to what the origin of our present suffering is, and also gives us the confidence that we can overcome our negative karma. 

Visit Sunday for Karma Lecture

Sunday, July 7th, Myosenji Temple will host a lecture on Karma by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe. He will explain how to use your Buddhist practice to change your Karma and become happy and help others to do the same.

  • 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 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.

We, common mortals, can neither see our own eyelashes in close proximity, nor endless space far away. Likewise, we cannot recognize that Buddhahood exists within our own hearts.

Written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Being honest with yourself is hard. When I read this Gosho passage it always reminds me how easily I can deceive myself. I used to wince when looking into the metaphorical mirror, seeing all my faults but feeling incapable of fixing them. When you look in a mirror and reflect on who you see, do you only see the bad – imperfections, insecurities, weakness? Or only see the good — wisdom, kindness, generosity?

I have learned both reactions are delusions. I don’t have to lie or make up stories like blaming others, creating excuses to avoid hard changes, or thinking I’m just unlucky. My Buddhist practice allows me to deeply understand I am responsible for my own actions, my causes and effects. Rather than default to denial, fear or anger I have learned to be compassionate with myself and go straight to honest assessment that leads to self-improvement.

Chanting and reciting the Sutra to the Gohonzon every day is helping me develop an honest mind. It’s real freedom to be able to stop my mind from working against me.

To start your Buddhist practice…

Sunday, June 30th, Myosenji Temple will host a lecture on the Ten Worlds by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe. He will explain how to awaken your Buddha nature, transcend the six lower paths and find joy and happiness in your life.

  • 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 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.