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The Buddha’s Way: Anger is One of the Three Poisons

Buddhist TempleGreed, anger and stupidity are considered to be the fundamental forms of the earthly desires of humans. According to a writing called The Principles of Mahayana (Daijo gi sho), all earthly desires are contained in greed, anger and stupidity, and their capacity to harm people is like that of a poisonous snake or dragon. The text reveals that, for this reason, these three earthly desires have been called the three poisons. The toxicity of these poisons is extraordinary. It not only harms one person but also brings harm to those in one’s environment.*

Buddhism’s Ten Worlds

Sunday, September 30th, we will host a lecture on the Ten Worlds by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe. The Buddhist view of anger, arrogance and other human emotions and behaviors that block your path to happiness will be explained. Rev Sakabe will explain why acquiring the Buddha’s wisdom through the practice of chanting lets you control sufferings in your life caused by getting stuck in the six lower paths.

  • 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: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly, “Leaving Anger Behind” p.16-17, July, 2013