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Buddhism: Desire, Awareness & Happiness

The pre-Lotus Sutra teachings required people to discard their earthly desires before being able to attain Buddhahood or enlightenment. However, the Lotus Sutra teaches people to transform their earthly desires into enlightenment and to achieve Buddhahood in their present form. These represent the principles of “earthly desires are enlightenment” and “the sufferings of birth and death are in themselves nirvana.”

Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

The Flame of Earthly Desires

We all are humans who possess many earthly desires. Through our Buddhist practice of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo we are able to transform our earthly desires into enlightenment, transforming ourselves into individuals who can pray for the happiness of not just ourselves but also of others and for peace to reign throughout the world.

Introductory Meeting

Sunday, November 17th, Myosenji Temple will host a brief video presentation and lecture by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, on Buddhism’s Beliefs. He will share Buddhism’s path to awareness, insight and 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

To start your Buddhist practice…

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 Magazine, November, 2019, Earthly Desires (Bonno), p.16-18.