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The pre-Lotus Sutra teachings required people to discard their earthly desires before being able to attain Buddhahood or enlightenment. However, the Lotus Sutra teaches people to transform their earthly desires into enlightenment and to achieve Buddhahood in their present form. These represent the principles of “earthly desires are enlightenment” and “the sufferings of birth and death are in themselves nirvana.”

Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

The Flame of Earthly Desires

We all are humans who possess many earthly desires. Through our Buddhist practice of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo we are able to transform our earthly desires into enlightenment, transforming ourselves into individuals who can pray for the happiness of not just ourselves but also of others and for peace to reign throughout the world.

Introductory Meeting

Sunday, November 17th, Myosenji Temple will host a brief video presentation and lecture by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, on Buddhism’s Beliefs. He will share Buddhism’s path to awareness, insight and happiness.

  • 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

To start your Buddhist practice…

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 Monthly Magazine, November, 2019, Earthly Desires (Bonno), p.16-18.

I have been chanting the Daimoku*, the essence of the Lotus Sutra, myself, and encouraging others to do the same. The winding mugwort grows straight when it is planted in a hemp field. A crooked tree can be cut into straight lumber by following the sumi ink mark. Likewise, when you chant the Daimoku exactly as taught in the Lotus Sutra, your heart will never go astray.

Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Karma Lecture – Saturday, November 9th

Visit Myosenji Temple this Saturday, November 9th, to hear our Chief Priest explain how you can change your karma, effectively reflect on your karma, and understand the causes you make and the effects you receive. Discover whether or not your current thinking is counter-productive to your happiness.

  • 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 and free.
  • 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.

*Daimoku is the Japanese word meaning chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.

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.*

The Four Noble Worlds

Sunday, November 3rd, 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.

*Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Glossary

Through our Buddhist practice, we do not separate ourselves from the saha world, which is the land of impurity. Instead, we must improve the saha world itself, to actually create the Land of Eternally Tranquil Light in this world.

High Priest Nichinyo Shonin

Buddhism refers to the world in which we live as the saha world (shaba sekai). Shaba is the transliteration of the Sanskrit word saha, and there are a number of variants for the characters used to write this word. “Saha” means the world of endurance or the land of endurance. Those who live in this world suffer as a result of their own earthly desires, and they are beleaguered by external threats, such as the wind, the rain, the cold, and the heat. Saha is known as the world of endurance because those who live within it must endure suffering both internally and externally.

Karma Lecture – Sunday, October 27th

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, October 27th, to hear our Assistant Priest explain how you can change your karma and change your environment.

  • Learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads.
  • Q&A with our Assistant Priest.
  • The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes around 3:15 pm. Open to the public and free.
  • 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: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly Magazine, The Saha World Is In Itself The Land Of Eternally Tranquil Light, October, 2019, p.22-24.