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Introductory Series includes lectures on Core Beliefs, Karma, Ten Worlds
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To learn more about Buddhism and it’s power to change your life, your environment, your relationships for the better, join us for our Buddhism Introductory series held online and in-person at Myosenji Temple. REGISTER Today.

This Sunday at our next Introduction to Buddhism meeting, our Chief Priest will lecture why understanding Karma is critical for your happiness — and — why Buddhism teaches the strict Law of cause and effect.

The meeting begins at 2:00pm this Sunday, June 26th both in-person at the Temple and online. Register NOW!

To learn more about Buddhism and it’s power to change your life, your environment, your relationships for the better, join us for our Buddhism Introductory series held online and in-person at Myosenji Temple. Click on photo below to REGISTER.

Myosenji  Buddhist Temple’s cherry blossoms remind us of the core Buddhist doctrine of oneness. At the time of our founder Nichiren Daishonin’s death in 13th century Japan, there was an earthquake as the cherry trees bloomed out of season,  teaching us the Buddhist concept of oneness. The oneness of the common mortal and Buddha. The oneness of life and its environment, the oneness of body and mind and the oneness of death and birth cannot be separated from each other. At the moment of the True Buddha’s physical death, the earth shook in farewell, but the cherry trees bloomed out of season in welcome. Thus, the Daishonin’s passing reveals the principle of oneness.

Nichiren Daishonin is the founder of Nichiren Shoshu. He passed away on October 13, 1282. We celebrate the eternal life of Nichiren Daishonin with the Oeshiki Ceremony in October. The Head Temple Taiseki-ji as well as local temples, like Myosenji Temple, decorate the altar with colorful paper cherry blossoms.

To learn more about Buddhism and it’s power to change your life, your environment, your relationships for the better, join us for our Buddhism Introductory series held online and in-person at Myosenji Temple.

Register for our next Introduction Meeting on KARMA
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Myosenji Temple has a unique and special connection to Washington, D.C.’s cherry blossoms.

Not far from Myosenji Temple (Silver Spring, MD), the first ever Japanese cherry trees in the United States were planted in 1906. David Fairchild, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official, imported one hundred flowering cherry trees and planted them on his property in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The success of his blossoms set in motion a series of events that lead to the gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington. This gift included trees from a nursery called “Myo-Ka-en”(妙華園) which was adjacent to Myokoji Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist Temple (sister temple to Myosenji). It is of note that the Japanese characters Myo (mystic) and Ka (flower, but also “ge” in word “renge”) were used to title this property. Nichiren Shoshu Buddhists chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. Fifty-nine varieties of cherry tree scions from Tokyo were grafted at this nursery which were sent to Washington.

Myo-Ka-en nursery closed in 1921 but Myokoji Buddhist Temple still stands today with the same cherry trees we see in the Tidal Basin. Somei-Yoshino cherry trees grace Myokoji Temple (Tokyo), the Tidal Basin and Myosenji Temple (Silver Spring, MD).

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