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Murky water does not have a mind, but it can become clear by capturing the [reflection of the] moon. As the grasses and trees are showered with rain, could they possibly possess any awareness as they produce blossoms? The five characters of Myoho-Renge-Kyo are not the sutra text and not its meaning. They are none other than the essence of the entire sutra. Beginning practitioners may be unaware of this essence, but by practicing [Myoho-Renge-Kyo] they will naturally accord with the essential intent of the sutra.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Buddhism teaches that beginning practitioners do not need to know the meaning of the five characters of the mystic Law (Myoho). If only they believe in it and chant it, they naturally can absorb and attain the subtle and profound meaning of the Lotus Sutra.

Sunday, December 16th – Lecture on Karma & Buddhism

Visit our Buddhist Temple this Sunday, December 16th, for a brief lecture on Karma by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe. He will also teach you about Karma, why owning and changing your Karma makes you a more compassionate, wise person. He will also teach you how to practice Buddhism.

  • 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 begins at 2:00 pm and concludes about 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.

Excerpt: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly magazine, p10.

One who studies the teachings of Buddhism must not fail to repay the four debts of gratitude.
(The Four Debts of Gratitude Gosho written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan)

Every month at the Oko Ceremony, our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, lectures about Buddhism. A frequent topic is the concept of gratitude. Many of the writings (called Gosho) of Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of Nichiren Shoshu, explain what the four debts of gratitude are:

  • gratitude to all living beings
  • gratitude to one’s father and mother
  • gratitude to one’s sovereign
  • gratitude to the Three Treasures – the Buddha, the Law and the Priesthood

Understanding our debts of gratitude and how to repay them is how one develops a happy life. Being compassionate, practicing Buddhism for yourself and others, helping others to learn Buddhism, are ways to repay our debts of gratitude.

Visit Myosenji Buddhist Temple

We have Introductory Meetings scheduled weekly at Myosenji. Please visit and learn more about Buddhism and your life.

Sunday, December 16th, at 2:00 pm
Topic: Buddhism and Karma

Sunday, December 23rd, at 2:00 pm
Topic: Buddhism’s Beliefs & Origins

Sunday, December 30th, at 2:00 pm
Topic: Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds

Tuesday, New Year’s Day, January 1st, at 2:00 pm
Topic: Buddhism and Karma

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 Introduction meeting. If you cannot make any of the meetings and want to receive the Ceremony, please contact us and we will make arrangements for you.