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Buddhism: Gratitude Not Entitlement

One who studies the teachings of Buddhism must not fail to repay the four debts of gratitude.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

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.*

Does the World Owe Me Anything?

Our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, will be lecturing on the Buddhist concept of the Ten Worlds this Sunday, October 15th. Please join us to learn how you can discard wrong ideas that cause you sufferings and learn the Buddhist teachings of gratitude.

  • Brief lecture by Chief Priest on the Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds
  • 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 Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist, immediately following the meeting.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed, just show up for the meeting and we’ll get you situated in the Temple’s main sanctuary.

If you have questions, please email us.

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* Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice.