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Buddha’s Wisdom: How Chanting Makes You Happy

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

Once we chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, this one phrase enables the Buddha nature within the lives of the people, who inhabit the ten worlds, to be called up and revealed. Thus, all living beings are able to attain enlightenment. The merit of chanting Daimoku** is absolutely infinite and immeasurable.***

Visit Myosenji Buddhist Temple SAT Jan 12th

This Saturday our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe will give a brief lecture on the Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds. He will explain why Buddhist chanting brings forth the Buddha’s wisdom and great compassion that washes away all suffering and distress. Chanting allows us to discard negative attachments we have formed and open our hearts to the true Law.****

  • 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: Gosho, “On the Six Difficult and Nine Easy Acts”
**Daimoku – chanting of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
***Excerpted: High Priest Nichinyo Shonin, July 9, 2009
****High Priest Nichinyo Shonin, The Wellspring of Wisdom and Great Compassion, Nichiren Shoshu Monthly magazine, May, 2011.