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Buddhism: The Land of Tranquil Light

The pure land or hell does not exist outside one’s mind or body. It exists within one’s mind. One who is awakened to this principle is called a Buddha, whereas one who is not, is a common mortal. To understand the difference is the heart of the Lotus Sutra. Therefore, those who embrace the Lotus Sutra should realize that hell is in fact the land of tranquil light.

Nichiren Daishonin, written in 13th century Japan

The saha world, which is inhabited by human beings and is full of sufferings, is the land of tranquil light where the Buddha lives. The Life Span (Juryo, 16th) chapter of the Lotus Sutra teaches that the Buddha is always in the saha world and is always preaching the Law to lead the people to enlightenment. This means that the saha world itself is the very land of tranquil light where the Buddha resides.*

Observing Your Mind – Buddhist Lecture

Visit Myosenji Temple this Saturday, January 13th, for a brief video presentation and lecture on Buddhism’s beliefs by our Chief Priest, Rev. Sakabe. Learn what “observing your mind” means and how to practice Buddhism.

  • 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, 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: Basic Terminology of Nichiren Shoshu, p.114.