Special Introduction to Buddhism & Karma Lecture – Baltimore – Saturday, September 21st, 2:00 pm
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Titles are essential to convey the contents of a scripture, be it superior or inferior…The five characters Myo-Ho-Ren-Ge-Kyo, needless to say, are the essence of the eight columns [of the Lotus Sutra], the heart of all sutras, and the most supreme and correct Law revered by all Buddhas, bodhisattvas, people of the two vehicles, heavenly beings, ashuras, dragon deities and so on.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Sunday, September 22nd, Myosenji Temple will host a brief video presentation and lecture by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, on Buddhism’s Beliefs. He will explain how to turn your misconceptions about life into true joy 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.

Even if a medicine is compounded with one hundred or one thousand ingredients, one’s illness will not be cured unless one puts it in his mouth. Even if one owns treasures in a storehouse, he will starve unless he opens it. Even if one carries medicine in his pocket, he will die unless he takes it.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

The reason many of us have trouble with Karma, Buddhism’s law of cause and effect, is due to the time lag that often occurs between the cause and the effect. The cause and effect connections are difficult to see and understand due to our delusions and attachments.

For karma to change, we must make new causes.

Karma’s Mystical Nature

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, September 15th, to hear our Chief Priest explain the mystical nature of Karma and how you can eradicate your negative karma and gain absolute happiness in this lifetime.

  • 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.

Wouldn’t you want your workplace to be a Buddhaland? Use this upcoming Labor Day weekend to visit our Buddhist Temple to learn about the Ten Worlds. It will help you understand your own work life better and why you and others can actually be obstacles to your career, job and daily life. Learn what you need to take control of your happiness.

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 Sunday for a brief lecture on the Ten Worlds by our Chief Priest.

  • Learn how you can receive the seed of the Buddha to activate your Buddha nature.
  • 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

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.

In the final analysis, this sutra of Myoho-Renge-Kyo sums up all the teachings and meditational practices of Shakyamuni Buddha’s entire lifetime in a single moment of life, and encompasses all the living beings of the Ten Worlds and their environments in the three thousand realms.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

The more profound a matter is in the mind of a person, the more
likely that it will take on a manifest form. The mind and the physical body are deeply connected and interact with each other. When a person is under strain, for example, he naturally uses a great deal of energy and his shoulders become tense. His state of mind is acutely reflected in his physical body.

It is often said that where there is a mind, there is a form. Conversely, where there is a form, there is a mind. These are both true. Matters that are held in one’s mind are manifested in a tangible form. Things that are embraced by a person’s heart are reflected in his conduct.

The thoughts contained in one’s heart will appear as a tangible form (shiki/body). This represents the principle of the oneness of body and mind, which expounds that, although the mind and the body (physical form) are separate, they function as one. When one sees the body, he can read the mind. He can influence the mind through the form. Thus, those who do not take the form seriously are also making light of the deeper mind.

The thoughts in one’s mind can only be manifested through speech, writing or conduct. Without these, he cannot communicate. In Buddhism, there is an additional factor. The essence of Buddhism lies in the way in which the mind and body naturally unite to function as one.*

Visit Myosenji Buddhist Temple

Visit Myosenji Temple to learn how to become a Buddhist. Buddhist practice allows you to change your Karma, change your life for the better, and in turn, help others and the environment we live in. See upcoming dates for our Introductory series on Buddhism.

*Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly Magazine, Faith and Formalities in the Fuji School, Prologue, 1995.

This path will enable people to become Buddhas even without separating themselves from mundane desires.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Buddhism teaches you to use your earthly desires to change your karma, not to abandon desire. People immersed in the three poisons of greed, anger and stupidity can immediately transform themselves, as entities of delusion, into the manifestations of purity, the most supreme enlightenment of the True Buddha, without first discarding their desires or eliminating their greed, anger and stupidity. The key lies in the essence of the mystical doctrines of the Lotus Sutra, the Three Great Secret Laws of the True Buddha Nichiren Daishonin.

To start your Buddhist practice…

Sunday, August 18th, Myosenji Temple will host a brief video presentation and lecture by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, on Buddhism’s Beliefs. He will explain how to use your earthly desires to find and keep true joy and happiness in your life.

  • 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

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: Earthly Desires Are In Themselves Enlightenment, Sermons 1992-2002 by 67th High Priest Nikken Shonin.