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This past Sunday over 150 Myosenji Buddhists participated in our monthly OKO Ceremony. In spite of COVID-19’s restrictions, members were able to chant with the Chief Priest, observe the Kenzen offerings, do morning Gongyo (sutra recitation) and watch Rev Sakabe’s OKO lecture. All from the safety of their home.

We feel great appreciation and gratitude to our Chief Priest for performing this most important monthly ceremony and lecture via our Live Stream. During this pandemic, while our Temple is closed, Myosenji Buddhists are able to do daily Gongyo and chanting with the Chief Priest. Members submit their questions about Buddhism or their Buddhist practice and each evening after Gongyo, Rev Sakabe answers at least one question. It is a wonderful lifeline to stay connected with the Temple, our Chief Priest and deepen our Buddhist faith while practicing at home, alone or with our families.

Life is the most precious of all treasures. Even one extra day of life is worth more than ten million ryo of gold.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Nichiren Daishonin teaches that life is the greatest treasure. It must be respected, and if there is any possibility to extend one’s life by even a day, this is equivalent to 10,000,000 coins of gold. This is not only true for human beings—life is the greatest treasure for all living beings in the sentient world.

Why is life considered to be so important from the standpoint of the Lotus Sutra? The reason is because all life exists within the ten worlds and therefore possesses the Buddha nature.

Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly magazine, What is the meaning of life? June, 2011.

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If you wish to know the causes you have accumulated in the past (in your past existences), look at the effects that are manifested in the present. And if you wish to know the effects that will be manifested in the future, look at the causes you are accumulating in the present…

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Buddhism’s core teaching is the emancipation of human suffering through learning about the Law of Causality. The lotus flower is a symbol of this core concept in Buddhism. It is the goal of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism to share the Law and educate people about Buddhism. These teachings, because they are deeply embedded in reality, have the power to lead people to healthy, satisfying and productive lives.

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It is essential for us to study the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, enabling us to understand the reasons to continue practicing. We can resolve doubts, overcome laziness, and strengthen our practice through study, so that when we face obstacles and want to stop, we will be able to bolster our faith.*

At Myosenji Temple, our Chief Priest conducts a monthly Basics Study class to teach new Buddhists (and refresh/remind other Buddhists) about their daily practice and about Buddhism. Our next Basics Study class is Sunday, June 21st. Myosenji Buddhists may attend via our Live Stream. Please be sure to have your book, Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice book.

* p.54, Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice

Shodai is the Japanese term meaning the practice of chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.

Fifty-ninth High Priest, Nichiko Shonin, stated the following on
the practice of Shodai:

“The Daimoku that we chant must be performed attentively and diligently. When chanting, we should not have trivial thoughts in our minds. The speed should not be too fast and our pronunciation should not be slurred. We must maintain a medium pitch and chant calmly, resolutely and steadily. There is no established number of Daimoku that we must chant. The amount depends on individual circumstances. . . . When we chant, the entire body should feel a tremendous surge of joy. We must persevere until we become totally one with the Gohonzon.”
(Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, p.19)

On the first Sunday of each month, temples around the world join the High Priest in Kosenrufu* Shodai. Kosenrufu Shodai was started by 67th High Priest Nikken Shonin. He did it on the 1st Sunday of every month. And he gave guidance for local temples to do the same. Our current High Priest, Nichinyo Shonin, continues this tradition. The purpose is to practice for Kosenrufu in unity with priests and lay believers.

*Kosenrufu means to widely declare and spread True Buddhism (Basics of Practice Glossary, p. 125)