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Buddhism: Heaven, Hell & Happiness

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When I inquire where hell and Buddhahood exist, I find that some sutras state that hell is situated below the ground; others say that the Buddha land is in the west, and so forth. However, when I carefully examine this matter, it appears to me that [both hell and Buddhahood] exist in our five-foot body. What seems plausible is that one who despises his father and neglects his mother possesses the world of hell in his heart. If a comparison were to be drawn, both flower and fruit can be found within a lotus seed. The state of Buddhahood, too, exits in our own hearts. For example, flint has the potential to generate fire, and a gemstone conceals intrinsic value. We, common mortals, can neither see our own eyelashes in close proximity, nor endless space far away. Likewise, we cannot recognize that Buddhahood exists within our own hearts.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

Visit Myosenji Temple Sunday October 2nd

To learn about Buddhism’s view of heaven, hell and happiness, you need to understand the core Buddhist concept of the Ten Worlds. Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, October 2nd, for a lecture on the Ten Worlds. Our Priest will teach you how to properly chant and focus your mind. The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes about 3:15 pm.

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) our Chief Priest will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.

Call or email the Temple if you have any questions.


Excerpted: Selected Passage of Nichiren Daishonin, An Offering of Steamed Cakes, p.100