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Buddhism: Ten Fingers, Ten Worlds

Joining our hands in prayer is an alternative expression for the Lotus Sutra . . . . The two characters for joining the hands in prayer are contained in all phenomena. The entities of hell and hunger, respectively, and all the laws of the
three-thousand worlds in their present condition join their
hands in prayer and face the Buddha.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Buddhism teaches that when we, the common mortals of the nine worlds, join our hands in prayer with sincere determination in faith and face the Gohonzon (object of worship), we become entities that manifest the principles of the “mutual possession of the ten worlds” … joining our hands in prayer arouses a feeling of faith. Our founder, Nichiren Daishonin wrote:

Joining our hands in prayer is immediately synonymous with understanding life.

Visit Myosenji Buddhist Temple

This Sunday, February 25th, our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe will give a brief lecture on the Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds. He will explain why and how Buddhist chanting brings joy to your life.

  • 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

If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after Saturday’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: The Prayer Beads, Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, pp.51-52.