Now in the Latter Day of the Law, neither the Lotus Sutra nor the other sutras lead to enlightenment; only Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo can do so. And this is not merely my own opinion. Shakyamuni, Taho, and all the other Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the ten directions as well as the innumerable Bodhisattvas of the Earth have so determined . . . . A lamp will be useless after the sun rises. How can dewdrops be beneficial once the rain falls?
written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan
In the “Sutra of Infinite Meaning” (Muryogi Sutra), Shakyamuni Buddha made it clear that, although he had been preaching the Law for forty-two years, he had until then revealed only the provisional teachings in preparation for the Lotus Sutra. He preached the Lotus Sutra during the final eight years of his life. What is this Truth which was only revealed for the first time in the Lotus Sutra? *
To hear the answer to the above question, REGISTER for Sunday’s (Feb 28th) ONLINE meeting. Myosenji Temple will host a brief video presentation and lecture by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, on Buddhism’s Beliefs. Learn how Buddhism’s truth can answer your most pressing questions.
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 3:00 pm. Open to the public.
[In the Lotus Sutra …] these passages teach that upon looking at people, we see they are unhappy and lost in melancholy. They shut their minds in the dark, and are burned by the fire of the three poisons of greed, anger, and stupidity. They can’t escape their many desires, and in their suffering, they are shackled tightly by their own ego, with which they seek treasure and profit. For this reason, amidst their suffering, they may experience some pleasure, but afterward, they will experience the suffering of the three evil paths of hell, hunger, and animality. Even though they are born in the worlds of rapture or humanity, their hearts are truly corrupt. Consequently, they will undergo distress, trouble, and suffering, from having to part from those they love, and having to meet those whom they hate. Yet in spite of these sufferings, they surrender themselves, fearless, indulging in transient pleasures. They do not try to escape this suffering, even though they are inside the burning house of the threefold world—the world of desire, the world of form, and the world of formlessness. They do not worry about facing great difficulty, but simply amuse themselves by scampering from east to west.
Excerpted: High Priest Nichinyo Shonin Lecture, The Burning House of the Threefold World.
ONLINE INTRODUCTORY MEETING: The Ten Worlds – Making Sense of our Muddy Pond
The Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds explains the muddy pond we live in and why we circle endlessly in the six lower paths unable to be happy. REGISTER for this Sunday’s (Feb 21st), to hear our Chief Priest lecture on how Buddhist practice can lift you into the world of Buddhahood.
Online Intro meeting begins at 2pm. Live Stream opens 1:50pm. Both members and guests need to register. Registration closes on Saturday, February 20th at 6pm. Register now and you will be sent the link to the Live Stream Intro at 1pm on Sunday, Feb 21st via email/text.
Online Intro meeting begins at 2pm. Live Stream opens 1:50pm. Both members and guests need to register. Registration closes on Saturday, January 30th at 6pm. Register now and you will be sent the link to the Live Stream Intro at 1pm on Sunday, Jan 31st via email/text.
Our Chief Priest, Rev. Sakabe, will be conducting the Mokushi-e Ceremony on Sunday, November 15th, at 10:00 am via Myosenji’s Live Stream. The Mokushi-e Ceremony is a very significant memorial ceremony for the Third High Priest Nichimoku Shonin.*
This ceremony conveys our gratitude for Nichimoku Shonin’s unparalleled efforts in fourteenth-century Japan. It is a tradition during this Mokushi-e Ceremony to celebrate the spread of True Buddhism from one generation to the next by paying our respect to the children of Nichiren Shoshu. Because children are the treasure of their parents and society, it is most important that they establish their connection to the Dai-Gohonzon of the Three Great Secret Laws. It also carries with it our hopes for our children, that they will find their true mission in life and that they will grow to be as strong in faith, wisdom and knowledge as Nichimoku Shonin!
* From Nichiren Shoshu Temple Glossary Nichimoku Shonin: (1260–1333) The Third High Priest of Nichiren Shoshu. He became a disciple of Nikko Shonin in 1274, and in 1276 went to Mt. Minobu where he was ordained by Nichiren Daishonin. He served the Daishonin for the remainder of the Daishonin’s life, and also served Second High Priest Nikko Shonin. He succeeded Nikko Shonin as the Third High Priest of Nichiren Shoshu. He is remembered as a great and courageous debater who remonstrated with the Kamakura Government and the Imperial court many times.