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Every being, from the highest sage on down to the smallest mosquito or deer fly, holds life to be its most precious possession. To deprive a being of life is to commit the gravest kind of sin. When the Buddha appeared in this world, he made compassion for living beings his basis.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Why is life considered to be so important from the standpoint of the Lotus Sutra? The reason is because all life exists within the ten worlds and therefore possesses the Buddha nature. Nichiren Daishonin teaches that life is the greatest treasure. It must be respected, and if there is any possibility to extend one’s life by even a day, this is equivalent to 10,000,000 coins of gold. This is not only true for human beings — life is the greatest treasure for all living beings in the sentient world.

Buddhist Chanting Make You Compassionate

Developing compassion for yourself and others is critical to understand the purpose and meaning of your life. This Saturday, March 9th, our Chief Priest will share a brief video and lecture on this, the Buddha nature and other core Buddhist beliefs.

  • 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 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.

*Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly, What is the Meaning of Life?, June, 2011.


An extremely large number of people think that we are each suddenly born into the world, and that when we die after living out our lives, there is nothing left. However, this is not the case at all. The causes that we made in our past lives and the causal relationships that exist with our parents combine to form a truly profound karmic bond that caused us to be born into this world.

Therefore, the things that we did in the past can truly be well understood if we look at your condition in the present. In other words, if we are encountering disillusionment, unhappiness, or various sufferings in the present, this is because we definitely made the causes in past lives. Again, the various causes that we have made in this lifetime are not simply a matter of what we experience while we are alive now. After we die they will continue to exist as karma into the eternal future, and will take form as our future life.

Excerpted: Collected Sermons, The Mission of Faith, Retired High Priest Nikken Shonin, 1992-2002, p.209-214.

Your Karmic Relationship with The Buddha

Buddhism is based on the core idea of cause and effect, Karma. The best karmic relationship you can have is with The Buddha. Visit Sunday, March 3rd, to learn what this means for your happiness. Our Chief Priest will begin his lecture on Karma at 2pm and explain how you can change negative karmic relationships into positive Karma.

    • 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.