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Buddhism: Love & The Six Lower Paths

This single Law that is Myoho-Renge encompasses within it all the phenomena comprising the Ten Worlds and the three thousand realms, and is lacking in none of them. Anyone who practices this Law will obtain both the cause and the effect of Buddhahood simultaneously.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

This week in the United States many are celebrating Valentine’s Day. It is a festival of love and gift-giving. In Buddhism, love and relationships are best explained from the perspective of the Ten Worlds, a core Buddhist belief. Having loving and meaningful social relationships is key to our happiness. Yet, love is part of the Lower Six Paths and causes us suffering and pain.

The Ten Worlds categorizes the life conditions that we humans possess and experience daily. The Lower Six Paths are filled with our delusions. We perform the Buddhist practice of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and sutra recitation to free ourselves from the cycle of delusion. By doing so, we can attain the life conditions of the four noble worlds — particularly Buddhahood (enlightenment).

Love, Relationships and Delusions

Our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, will be lecturing on the meaning of the Buddhist concept of the Ten Worlds this Sunday, February 16th. Please join us to learn how you and youre relationships are impacted by the Ten Worlds and how you can use this understanding to live a happy life.

  • 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.
  • 310 University Blvd West, Silver Spring, MD 20901 entrance on Burnett Ave

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.