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Buddhism: You Can’t Be Happy In a Sea of Misery

When I, Nichiren, discern the superiority and inferiority of all Buddhist teachings, reason and documentary proof are superior. However, nothing outweighs actual proof.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

From the very start, Buddhism has taught its followers to be merciful and to pursue their own happiness together with concern and compassion for others. There are two ultimate purposes for taking faith in this Buddhism. One is to realize an absolutely unshakable state of happiness in which there is boundless joy in being alive (attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime). The other is to realize an ideal society in which people can enjoy happy lives together based on True Buddhism.

According to the principle of the oneness of self and others,the reason each individual is able to exist at the present moment is due to the many influences of others. We are able to exist only because of connections to others: to parents and ancestors, teachers, friends, neighbors, society, the nation and the environment. In fact, we owe our existence to everything, both the tangible and the intangible. One who is awakened to this feels gratitude for all living beings, and to all existence.

Learn How to Practice Buddhism

Visit our Buddhist Temple on Saturday, April 15th to learn how to do the Buddhist practice of chanting. Our Chief Priest will teach you how to use the Juzu, Buddhist prayer beads. There will be a brief video presentation on the beliefs and origins of Buddhism followed by a Q&A with Rev Sakabe. The meeting starts at 2:00pm and concludes about 3:15pm.

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.

Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, p.6, p.34.