One who studies the teachings of Buddhism must not fail to repay the four debts of gratitude.
(The Four Debts of Gratitude Gosho written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan)
At a recent Oko Ceremony our Chief Priest, Rev Murata, lectured about the concept of gratitude in Buddhism. Using many of the writings (called Gosho) of Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of Nichiren Shoshu, Rev Murata explained what the four debts of gratitude are:
- gratitude to all living beings
- gratitude to one’s father and mother
- gratitude to one’s sovereign
- gratitude to the Three Treasures – the Buddha, the Law and the Priesthood
The lecture further explained why we need to understand the Buddhist concept of gratitude and how repaying our debts of gratitude is for our own happiness.
Visit Myosenji Buddhist Temple
Join us this Sunday, March 27th, at 2:00 pm for our next Introduction to Buddhism meeting. The topic is Buddhism’s Beliefs and Origins.
- Video presentation and brief lecture by Chief Priest
- 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, Rev Murata will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist, immediately following the meeting.