SPECIAL Introductory to Buddhism Meeting SAT June 30th, Atlanta, GA

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In the so-called first, second and third of the five stages, the Buddha, indeed, focused only on wisdom [out of the three types of learning] by prohibiting the other two, namely, precepts and meditation. And since one’s wisdom is lacking, he must substitute faith for wisdom. Thus, the single character “faith” is the heart of Buddhist practice.

Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

In ordinary life, there is no such thing as making a fortune at a single strike. The accumulated karmic sins from the infinite past must be transformed into fortune, little by little. Today, it is difficult for common mortals to obtain wisdom – knowing how to rid ourselves of earthly desires and delusions to grasp the truth. However, Buddhism teaches us how to gain the greatest jewel – attaining Buddhahood in our present form– by embracing Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo with deep faith.

Buddhism’s Core Belief: Ten Worlds

Sunday, June 24th, we will host a lecture on the Ten Worlds by our Chief Priest. Rev Sakabe will explain why acquiring the Buddha’s wisdom through the practice of chanting lets you change your life and find 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

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: Basic Buddhist Terms, Nichiren Shoshu Monthly magazine, June, 2018, pp.17-18.


“It is natural that we all experience joy and suffering in our lives. There is no such life with only joy or only suffering. Then, how do we approach joy and suffering? If we are fixated on the states of joy and suffering, we will not be able to reach the life condition beyond them. This does not mean you have to avoid them. Avoidance is the practice taught in the Amida Sutra. Ours is to face joy and suffering as what they are: suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. When you live a life with this wisdom, you will be able to triumph in any events in life.”

High Priest Nichinyo Shonin, July, 2012*

Buddhism’s Beliefs — SUN June 17th

Visit our Buddhist Temple this Sunday, June 17th for a brief video presentation on Buddhism’s history and beliefs and a brief lecture on the practice of Buddhism by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe. He will explain more about Buddhism’s view of human happiness and peace in this world.

  • 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 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, June, 2018, p.12.