Special Introductory Lecture – Arlington, VA SAT Feb 24th

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Joining our hands in prayer is an alternative expression for the Lotus Sutra . . . . The two characters for joining the hands in prayer are contained in all phenomena. The entities of hell and hunger, respectively, and all the laws of the
three-thousand worlds in their present condition join their
hands in prayer and face the Buddha.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Buddhism teaches that when we, the common mortals of the nine worlds, join our hands in prayer with sincere determination in faith and face the Gohonzon (object of worship), we become entities that manifest the principles of the “mutual possession of the ten worlds” … joining our hands in prayer arouses a feeling of faith. Our founder, Nichiren Daishonin wrote:

Joining our hands in prayer is immediately synonymous with understanding life.

Visit Myosenji Buddhist Temple

This Sunday, February 25th, our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe will give a brief lecture on the Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds. He will explain why and how Buddhist chanting brings joy to your life.

  • 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

If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after Saturday’s meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.

Excerpted: The Prayer Beads, Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, pp.51-52.

The Lotus Sutra is like:*
A clear, cool pond satisfying those who are thirsty
A fire for one who is cold
A robe for one who is bare
A group of merchants finding a leader
A child finding her mother
Someone finding a ship in which to cross the water
A sick man finding a physician
Someone in the darkness finding a lamp
A poor person finding riches
The people finding a ruler
An export trader finding his way to the sea
A torch that illuminates the darkness

In the same way, the Lotus Sutra can enable all people to be free from discomfort, illness, and pain. It can break the chains of birth and death.

Love, Karma and Relationships

Today is Valentine’s Day in the United States. It is a festival of love and gift-giving. In Buddhism, love, relationships and Karma are deeply connected. Having meaningful social relationships is part of your happiness. Buddhism explains how to live a happy life with others. Visit our Buddhist Temple this Sunday, February 18th, for a brief lecture on Karma and how you can change your relationship karma.

* Excerpted from The Ten Comparisons and Twelve Similes lecture by High Priest Nichinyo Shonin, December 4, 2011.