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In the final analysis, this sutra of Myoho-Renge-Kyo sums up all the teachings and meditational practices of Shakyamuni Buddha’s entire lifetime in a single moment of life, and encompasses all the living beings of the Ten Worlds and their environments in the three thousand realms.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

Nichiren Shoshu teaches the Buddhist practice of chanting, not meditation, as the way to activate your Buddha nature. During our Introductory meetings, our Chief Priest explains the difference between chanting and meditation. Within the context of the Ten Worlds, chanting is the far more effective way to change your Karma and achieve true happiness.

Visit Myosenji Buddhist Temple

This Sunday, May 5th, 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 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.

Myoho-Renge-Kyo is the Buddha nature all living beings possess. The Buddha nature is the Dharma nature. And the Dharma nature is enlightenment….Thus, if you chant this title of Myoho-Renge-Kyo once, the Buddha nature of all living beings will be called and gather around you. The three enlightened properties of the Law, wisdom, and compassionate action of the Dharma nature within you will be drawn forth and then clearly emerge. This is described as attaining Buddhahood.

Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Peace and Security in this Lifetime

Visit Myosenji Temple Sunday, April 28th, to learn how to activate your Buddha nature and become truly happy. Chief Priest Rev Sakabe will share a short video on Buddhism’s Beliefs and lecture briefly on what peace and tranquility means in Buddhism.

  • 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.

Excerpt: Guidance from High Priest Nichinyo Shonin, July, 2012.

Acceptance of the Buddhist Precept Ceremony

The attainment of Buddhahood or enlightenment begins with one’s daily behavior. By enhancing one’s life-condition, one can accumulate good fortune and benefit.

Shakyamuni Buddha revealed in the Lotus Sutra the one fundamental precept by which people must abide. He taught that embracing only the Lotus Sutra encompasses all the precepts from the provisional teachings.

Once one obtains the mystic precept through Buddhist practice, it will eventually lead to enlightenment. The precept of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism is called the “precept of the diamond chalice.” The Great Teacher Dengyo (8th century, Japan) interprets the true entity of all phenomena expounded in the Lotus Sutra as the diamond chalice, which is impossible to break.

By embracing the Gohonzon (object of worship), we observe this single precept, thus, manifesting the three properties of the Buddha within ourselves and receiving the benefits of observing all other precepts.

Please contact Myosenji Temple for more information:
text 240-681-9397
call 301-593-9397
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Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Ceremonies, pages 62-66.

If you wish to know the causes you have accumulated in your past existences, look at the effects that are manifested in the present. And if you wish to know the effects that will be manifested in the future, look at the causes you are accumulating in the present…

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Our current circumstances represent the effects of our deeds in the past. Furthermore, our current deeds will determine the effects in the future. We are unable to return to the past or undo and erase our past mistakes. However, we are able to change our future through our current and future actions.

Great Benefits from Changing Karma

Visit Myosenji Temple Sunday, April 21st, to learn the best cause you can make today to change your Karma. Learn what is  the best relationship you can have to help you make better choices for your life. Chief Priest Rev Sakabe will explain about Karma and how you can eradicate negative karma and gain absolute happiness in this lifetime.

  • 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.

Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly, Buddhism Made Simple: Changing the Future, April, 2019, pp.21-23.

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

The Buddha used the lotus flower as a metaphor to symbolize the mystic Law (Myoho). The lotus plant sends forth its pure white flowers from within a muddy swamp. Using this metaphor, the Buddha demonstrated how Buddhahood and the other nine worlds inherently coexist within our lives.

When you visit Myosenji Temple, be sure to look for the lotus flowers sculptures that sit on both sides of the front altar where the Chief Priest sits.

Buddhist Doctrine of the Ten Worlds

Visit Saturday, April 13th, to hear our Chief Priest explain the Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds which is in the Lotus Sutra, and how we can lift ourselves beyond the six lower paths to achieve true happiness.

  • 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.

Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, page 51.