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At times he is joyful; at other times, he is enraged. Sometimes, he is calm, and sometimes, he manifests greed. At times he exhibits foolishness, and at times he reveals a distorted mind. Rage represents the world of hell; greed characterizes the worlds of hunger. Foolishness is the world of animality, and a distorted mind is that of anger. Joy signifies rapture, and calmness denotes humanity. These six paths all exist in the physical appearance of his face. The four noble worlds are dormant, and are not revealed in his face. However, a careful search would show that actually they are there.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

The Buddhist principle of the Ten Worlds is a way to categorize the life conditions that we humans possess. We perform the Buddhist practice of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and sutra recitation to free ourselves from the cycle of delusion. By doing so, we can attain the life conditions of the four noble worlds — particularly Buddhahood (enlightenment).

Make this new decade, this new year, the time to shed delusions and establish a peaceful, powerful and happy life for yourself and your family.

Buddhism’s Ten Worlds Lecture

Our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, will be lecturing on the meaning of the Buddhist concept of the Ten Worlds this Sunday, January 26th. Please join us to learn how you are impacted by the Ten Worlds and how you can use this understanding to live a happy life.

  • Brief lecture by Chief Priest on the Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds
  • 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.


“If you wish to know the causes you have accumulated in your past existences, look at the effects that are manifested in the present. And if you wish to know the effects that are manifested in the future, look at the causes you are accumulating in the present …”

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Buddhism teaches the principle of cause and effect. It expounds that, if people are unhappy, then there is a cause for such unhappiness, and it is a result of their own doing. The reason why many of us have trouble with Karma and continuously struggle with the existential question “Why Me?” is that there is often a time lag between the cause and the effect. Our cause and effect connections are often difficult to see and understand.

As we start this new decade, make your new beginnings meaningful and deeply felt. Buddhism teaches you how to make the right causes to achieve the best effects for your life. As the passage above explains, by observing the conditions of our lives today, we can understand the causes that we made in the past, and we are able to imagine the circumstances that we can expect in the future.

Karma Lecture – Sunday, January 19th

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, January 19th, 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.

Myoho-Renge-Kyo signifies that the mystic Law (Myoho), to which all the Buddhas of the three existences are awakened, is fused and one with the Buddha nature inherent in us humans, as well as the Buddha nature of Bonten, Taishaku, and the other guardian deities; the Buddha nature of Shariputra, Maudgalyayana, and the other disciples of the two vehicles; the Buddha nature of Manjushri, Maitreya, and the other bodhisattvas. This principle is named Myoho-Renge-Kyo. Thus, once we chant Myoho-Renge-Kyo, this sound calls forth and manifests the Buddha nature of all Buddhas; all phenomena; all bodhisattvas; all people in the world of learning; all guardian deities, such as Bonten, Taishaku, King Emma, the sun and moon, innumerable stars, deities of the heavens and earth; and all living beings—including individuals in the worlds of hell, hunger, animality, anger, humanity, and rapture. The benefit of revealing this Buddha nature is immeasurable and unfathomable.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

We all have a Buddha nature. It needs to be activated through Buddhist practice. Make 2020 the year to plant the seed of wisdom, compassion and virtue of the Buddha into your life. This is called the “sowing of the seed.”

Introductory Meeting

Saturday, January 11th, Myosenji Temple will host a brief video presentation and lecture by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, on Buddhism’s Beliefs. Learn how to make the right causes for new beginnings and determinations for the new decade, for you and your family.

  • 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.

New Year’s Day marks the first day, the first month, the beginning of the year and the start of spring. A person who celebrates this day will gain virtue and be loved by all, just as the moon becomes full gradually, moving from west to east, and the sun shines more brightly traveling from east to west.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

Even though one may be dressed in beautiful clothes and filled with determination for the new year, determinations too often are short-lived and self-centered. When the festivities are over, one simply returns to a world of delusion and old problems. Make 2020 different – Start your Buddhist practice of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and change your negative karma for good.

JAN 1st – Make & Keep Determinations

Visit Myosenji Temple on January 1st for our Chief Priest’s brief lecture on Karma. Start 2020 and the new decade learning how to change your Karma and open your path to 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.

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.

Desires, Awareness and Happiness

This time of year we become reflective of the past year and look forward to the new year. As we start this new decade, make your new beginnings meaningful and deeply felt by embracing Buddhism. Buddhism teaches you how to make the right causes to achieve the best effects for your life.

Introductory Meeting

Sunday, December 22nd, Myosenji Temple will host a brief video presentation and lecture by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, on Buddhism’s Beliefs. Learn how to make the right causes for new beginnings and determinations for the new decade, for you and your family.

  • 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.