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Buddhism: Why Are We Perpetually Dissatisfied?

This means that by the single practice of taking faith in Myoho-Renge-Kyo, there are no benefits that will not be drawn to you, and there are no benefits that will fail to come, and no good causes that will fail to be accumulated.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

Humans always want things to be a little different, always want a little more, never quite satisfied. Buddhism explains why humans continuously feel unhappiness and how to overcome the feelings of perpetual dissatisfaction.

Buddhism calls the world in which ordinary mortals wander between different states of life the “threefold world:” the world of desire, the world of form, and the world of formlessness. The pursuit of treasures of the storehouse (i.e., money and material wealth, etc.) and body (i.e., physical health, education, etc.) belongs to the domain of the world of desire. When desires are fulfilled, the reward of rapture appears. But the rewards of the world of desire are transitory; without exception, we inevitably fall into the three evil paths (greed, anger, and delusion), and continue to wander from one condition to another.

Buddhism’s Beliefs Lecture – SUN Sep 23rd

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, September 23rd, for a brief video presentation and lecture on Buddhism’s beliefs by our Chief Priest, Rev. Sakabe.

  • 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: “The Treasures of the Heart are the Most Valuable of All”