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In the United States, all attention this week is on our celebration of Thanksgiving. It’s a traditional time for family, food and football. It’s also a celebration to remind Americans to practice gratitude and appreciation for everything in our lives.

The concept of repaying debts of gratitude is fundamental in Buddhism. According to the principle of the oneness of self and others, the reason each individual is able to exist at the present moment is due to the many influences of others. We are able to exist only because of connections to others: to parents and ancestors, teachers, friends, neighbors, society, the nation and the environment. In fact, we owe our existence to everything, both the tangible and the intangible. One who is awakened to this feels gratitude for all living beings, and to all existence.*

Intro Video and Lecture on Buddhism’s Core Beliefs and Origins

Register today for our next Introductory lecture (online or in-person at Myosenji Temple) this Sunday, November 27th. Buddhism’s Core Beliefs, including gratitude, will be explained 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 Chief Priest.
  • The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes around 3:15 pm.

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: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, p.35

The Ten Worlds are ten life-conditions in which a single entity of life manifests. They are potential conditions of life inherent in each individual.

The six states from Hell through Heaven are called the six lower paths.  The majority of people spend most of their time transmigrating, or moving back and forth among the six paths.  In these states one is governed totally by his reactions to external influences and is therefore extremely vulnerable to changing circumstances.

Those states in which one transcends the uncertainty of the six paths are called the four noble worlds – learning, realization, Bodhisattva and Buddhahood.

The state of Buddhahood is a condition of perfect and absolute freedom, in which one enjoys boundless wisdom and compassion, and is filled with the courage and power to surmount all hardships.  A Buddha understands all phenomena and realizes the Middle Way.

Register Today Online & In-Person Introductory Lecture: The Four Noble Worlds

Sunday, November 20th, Myosenji Temple will host a brief 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.

  • 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

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.

In the Maka Shikan, T’ien-t’ai says, “Without encountering a master, evil thoughts will increase daily, and the sufferings of birth and death will become deeper by the month. Just like trying to escape from a dense jungle while dragging a gnarled branch, escape would be impossible. Even in the general affairs of this world, one asks for advice. How much more important is it that we not rely upon our own self-centered wisdom when it comes to the profound truths of Buddhism?”

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Since childhood, we have learned languages, studied academic subjects, and trained for occupations. We could not possibly have done these things alone. Instead, we have been able to gain knowledge through instruction by our parents, friends, teachers, seniors or superiors. Since this is true in the case of daily life, how much more true it is within the profound world of Buddhism.

Learn To Make Good Causes

You can make good causes for your happiness and the happiness of your family and significant others by first deepening your understanding of the Buddhist concept of Karma. REGISTER for an in-depth explanation of Karma from our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe. Visit Myosenji Temple Sunday, October 30th, (in-person or online). Lecture starts at 2pm EDT and concludes about 3:15pm. Q&A with Chief Priest.

If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist, immediately following the meeting for those at the Temple. The Precept Ceremony must be conducted in-person by a Nichiren Shoshu Priest.

 

REGISTER TODAY for our next online/in-person Introductory Lecture with Chief Priest

Buddhism teaches the principle of the oneness of life and its environment. This principle signifies that life, the subjective self, and its physical environment are not two, but one. Therefore, every function of our six senses, which signify the subjective self or life, has a great impact on the realm of our environment.

Buddhism’s Core Beliefs & Practice

The six sense organs form the window that allows information to enter one’s body; if this window is clouded, the correct information cannot be taken in. However, if your six sense organs are pure and not clouded, one can correctly recognize and evaluate external phenomena. From this, the correct way of thinking and action are born. (excerpted from The Doctrines and Practice of Nichiren Shoshu, p.252.)

REGISTER TODAY to hear our Chief Priest explain how Buddhist practice lets you abandon your delusions, change your karma and become happy to help others to do the same.

To learn more about Buddhism and it’s power to change your life, your environment, your relationships for the better, join us for our Buddhism Introductory series held online and in-person at Myosenji Temple.

…the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai of China…basing his work on the Lotus Sutra,  established the theoretical building blocks for the three thousand realms in a single life-moment.  The Ten Worlds are – Hell, Hunger, Animality, Asura, Humanity, Rapture, Learning, Realization, Bodhisattva & Buddhahood. All human beings possess the Ten Worlds and can go from one of them to another within a single life-moment.

Spend More Time In Your Higher Worlds

The four noble worlds of learning, realization, Bodhisattva, and Buddhahood are hidden and dormant and cannot be seen. Even though the world of Buddhahood exists as a potential within us, it is hidden in the depths of our life. We need the seed of the Buddha to activate our Buddha nature. Visit (in-person or online) this Sunday for a brief lecture on the Ten Worlds 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. REGISTER TODAY

If you have decided to become a Buddhist, after the meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist for those guests at the Temple.