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Myosenji Temple’s Introductory Series includes lectures on Core Beliefs, Karma, Ten Worlds
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Learning about and practicing Buddhism will give you profound insights into the nature of life and suffering. You will develop a true perspective on how to lead a compassionate and mindful existence. The Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai of China, basing his work on the Lotus Sutra, established the theoretical building blocks for the three thousand realms in a single life-moment. One of the blocks is the concept of the Ten Worlds – Hell, Hunger, Animality, Asura, Humanity, Rapture, Learning, Realization, Bodhisattva and Buddhahood. All human beings possess the Ten Worlds and can go from one of them to another within a single life-moment.

Visit our Temple (In-Person or Online) this SUNDAY April 28, 2024, for a brief lecture by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe about the Ten Worlds, an essential teachings and practice of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes around 3:15 pm. (IN-PERSON or ONLINE).

If you will be coming to the Temple, please arrive in enough time to sign in and get situated in the main Sanctuary. The meeting begins at 2:00pm. Our Live Stream will open at 1:50pm Sunday, April 21st.*

*Please note ALL times are Eastern Time (ET). Also, we do not record live streams for future viewing. We do hold our Introductory meetings monthly so if you miss one of the lectures you can attend next month.

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.

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Learning about and practicing Buddhism will give you profound insights into the nature of life and suffering. You will develop a true perspective on how to lead a compassionate and mindful existence. 

Visit our Temple (In-Person or Online) this SUNDAY April 21, 2024, for a brief lecture by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe about the essential teachings and practice of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes around 3:15 pm. (IN-PERSON or ONLINE).

If you will be coming to the Temple, please arrive in enough time to sign in and get situated in the main Sanctuary. The meeting begins at 2:00pm. Our Live Stream will open at 1:50pm Sunday, April 21st.*

*Please note ALL times are Eastern Time (ET). Also, we do not record live streams for future viewing. We do hold our Introductory meetings monthly so if you miss one of the lectures you can attend next month.

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.

An Enlightening Journey: Introductory Lectures on Buddhism

Whether you are curious about Buddhism in general or specifically interested in Nichiren Shoshu teachings, these meetings are a wonderful place to start.

Myosenji Temple will host two introductory lectures to Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism this month – Sunday April 21 and April 28. These meetings are a great opportunity to learn more about the core principles of Buddhism, its benefits, and how to practice in daily life.

The meetings will be held at Myosenji Temple and on our Live Stream. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Brief lecture on Core Beliefs of Buddhism by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe
  • Learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads.
  • Q&A with our Chief Priest

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Sunday, 2:00-3:15pm
April 21, 2024
Meeting Location:

Myosenji Buddhist Temple
310 University Boulevard West
Silver Spring MD 20901

*Please note ALL times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Also, we do not record live streams for future viewing. We do hold our Introductory meetings monthly so if you miss one of the lectures you can attend next month.

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Visit Myosenji Temple to hear Chief Priest Rev Sakabe share how you can awaken and gain a new perspective on karma and the world around you. The signs of your Karma are present in your life but you haven’t noticed them yet. These signs could be in your circumstances, relationships, or even your own thoughts and feelings. Your actions have ripple effects that extend beyond yourself.

Karma encompasses both positive and negative aspects, capable of opening opportunities, alleviating suffering, and creating joy, as well as disrupting, damaging, or taking control of one’s life. Every individual in this world possesses both positive and negative karma. Our only option is to confront and overcome our karma in order to attain peace and happiness in life.

  • Brief lecture on Karma & Buddhism by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe on Sunday, February 25, 2024 (in-person at Myosenji Temple or via Myosenji’s Live Stream)
  • 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 will begin at 2:00 pm and ends about 3:15 pm. Open to the public.

Yesterday, our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, conducted the Otanjo-e Ceremony, to celebrate our Founder, Nichiren Daishonin’s birthday.  It is a tradition to offer food to the Buddha. For this ceremony, a special celebratory dish was offered called “Sekihan” in Japanese. It uses red rice because Japanese regard red as a joyful color. The dish is made with red rice and beans.

Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of Nichiren Shoshu in 13th century Japan, received many food offerings from believers. We know this because of the many personal Gosho letters he sent to believers thanking them for their food offerings.