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After being closed since March, 2020, due to the pandemic, we are pleased to announce that Myosenji Temple has reopened with limited hours. Masks are required at all times inside the Temple. The hours for September 2021 are:

Monday through Friday 10:30am – 8:00pm

Maximum stay for each person is 2 consecutive hours per weekday. Masks required.

Saturdays 12:00- 5:00pm

12:00 – 5:00 pm Members and guests are welcome for up to 2-hours.
Appointment Request (10am – 12:00 pm) on Saturday mornings are for those who have health issues or who cannot receive the vaccine. 2-hour appointments to chant at the temple from 10am – 12:00pm can be made for an individual person or the family. Masks required. Please email the temple.

Sundays Hours 3:30 -5:00pm (Sept 12th 2:30-5:00pm)

As long as we need to limit the number of participants, Sundays mornings and National Holidays will be closed. However, in September members may participate in evening prayers (Shodai and Gongyo) at the Temple from 3:30-5:00pm.

Myosenji’s Live Stream schedule on our website and our Facebook Live group continues with the same schedule. We hope all Myosenji members can continue to participate online.

Now in the Latter Day of the Law, neither the Lotus Sutra nor the other sutras lead to enlightenment; only Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo can do so. And this is not merely my own opinion. Shakyamuni, Taho, and all the other Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the ten directions as well as the innumerable Bodhisattvas of the Earth have so determined . . . . A lamp will be useless after the sun rises. How can dewdrops be beneficial once the rain falls?

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

REGISTER TODAY for Sunday’s Introductory Lecture (online)

In the “Sutra of Infinite Meaning” (Muryogi Sutra), Shakyamuni Buddha made it clear that, although he had been preaching the Law for forty-two years, he had until then revealed only the provisional teachings in preparation for the Lotus Sutra. He preached the Lotus Sutra during the final eight years of his life. What is this Truth which was only revealed for the first time in the Lotus Sutra? *

Introductory Meeting

To hear the answer to the above question, REGISTER for Sunday’s (August 15th) ONLINE meeting. Myosenji Temple will host a brief video presentation and lecture by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, on Buddhism’s Beliefs. Learn how Buddhism’s truth can answer your most pressing questions.

  • 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.
  • Register using the Google Form below

SUN August 15th Online Meeting – Register Today

After being closed since March, 2020, due to the pandemic, we are pleased to announce that Myosenji Temple has reopened with limited hours. The hours for August 2021 are:

Monday through Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm

Maximum stay for each person is 2 consecutive hours per weekday. Masks required.

Saturdays 12:30- 2:30pm

12:30 – 2:30 pm Members and guest are welcome for up to 2-hours.
Appointment Only (10am – 12:30 pm) on Saturday mornings are for those who have health issues or who cannot receive the vaccine. 2-hour appointments to chant at the temple from 10am – 12:30pm can be made for an individual person or the family. Masks required. Please email the temple.

Sundays and National Holidays CLOSED

Myosenji Buddhists are longing to visit the Temple and chant to the Joju Gohonzon. So it’s not difficult to imagine that many people will want to visit on Sundays. This will make it very difficult to keep social distance in the building. As long as we need to limit the number of participants, Sundays and National Holidays will be closed.

Myosenji’s Live Stream schedule on our website and our Facebook Live group continues with the same schedule. We hope all Myosenji members can continue to participate online.

After being closed since March, 2020, due to the pandemic, we are pleased to announce that Myosenji Temple will reopen on July 1st with limited hours. The hours for July 2021 are:

Monday through Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm

Maximum stay for each person is 1-hour per weekday. Masks required.

Saturdays – Appointment Only (10am – 2:30 pm)

Saturdays are for those who have health issues or who cannot receive the vaccine. 1-hour appointments to chant at the temple can be made for an individual person or the family. Masks required. Please email the temple.

Sundays and National Holidays CLOSED

Myosenji Buddhists are longing to visit the Temple and chant to the Joju Gohonzon. So it’s not difficult to imagine that many people will want to visit on Sundays. This will make it very difficult to keep social distance in the building. As long as we need to limit the number of participants, Sundays and National Holidays in July will be closed.

Myosenji’s Live Stream schedule on our website and our Facebook Live group continues with the same schedule. We hope all Myosenji members can continue to participate online.

This Sunday is Memorial Day in the United States. Nichiren Shoshu Buddhists offer toba memorial tablets for the benefit of the deceased. The word “toba” is Japanese for the word stupa in Sanskrit. The original form of a stupa in ancient India was that of a burial mound. Many different forms of stupas developed over the years in both India and China. The five-story pagoda is one of the most commonly known forms of a stupa.

In Nichiren Shoshu, the toba memorial tablet also takes the form of five levels. The five levels signify the five elements of earth, water, fire, wind, and space. The bottom level of the toba is shaped like a square. This represents earth. The second level is in the shape of a circle, representing water. The third level, denoting fire, is a triangle. The fourth level, in the shape of a semicircle represents wind. At the top of the toba is the level representing space or ku. It is shaped like a jewel signifying the “treasure of fulfillment.” Nichiren Daishonin taught that all phenomena in the universe are composed of these five elements. This, of course, includes the human body.  Therefore, the toba signifies the body of the deceased.

Register here for Sunday, May 30th’s online Karma Lecture

You can read more about the Toba Memorial Tablet, the Memorial Altar and Memorial Ceremonies in the book, Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice.