Even if one does not study the sutra, chanting the Daimoku alone is a tremendous good cause. [The Lotus Sutra states that] evil people, women, those of the worlds of animality and hell—those of all the ten worlds—will be able to attain enlightenment. This is analogous to a rock taken from the bottom of a river possessing the ability to ignite a fire, or a lamp having the ability to illuminate a place that has been dark for one hundred and ten million years. Such mysterious phenomena are found even in trivial matters of society, not to mention the mystic power of the Law of Buddhism.
written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan
In this passage, the Daishonin teaches that the Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra—Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo—possesses great mystic power. Therefore, even if one chants the Daimoku based on faith alone, without understanding the meaning, this action is the good cause and the source of accumulating benefit. The Daishonin also states that all living beings in the ten worlds, including evil men, women, animals, and those who have fallen into the world of hell can attain enlightenment.
Your Buddha Nature & Your Ten Worlds
Sunday, October 28th, Myosenji Temple will host a lecture on the Ten Worlds by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe. He will explain how to awaken your Buddha nature, transcend the six lower paths and find joy and happiness in 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.