The moon rises in the west and illuminates the east, while the sun rises in the east and illuminates the west. The same is true for Buddhism. In the Former and Middle Days of the Law, Buddhism spread from west to east. In the Latter Day of the Law, it will travel from east to west.
written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan
Enlightenment for oneself alone is not the aim of the Lotus Sutra. According to the principle of the oneness of self and others, the reason each individual is able to exist at the present moment is due to the many influences of others. We are able to exist only because of connections to others: to parents and ancestors, teachers, friends, neighbors, society, the nation and the environment. In fact, we owe our existence to everything, both the tangible and the intangible. One who is awakened to this feels gratitude for all living beings, and to all existence.
Creating Meaningful Relationships
Having meaningful social relationships is part of your happiness. Buddhism explains how to live a happy life with others. Visit our Buddhist Temple this Saturday, November 12th, for a brief video and lecture on Buddhism’s Beliefs and how you can change your relationship 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.
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.