Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is like the roar of a lion. What sickness can therefore be an obstacle? It is written that those who embrace the Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra will be protected by Kishimojin and her ten daughters. They will enjoy the happiness of Aizen and the good fortune of Bishamon. Wherever your daughter may frolic or play, no harm will come to her; she will be free from fear like the lion king.
written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan
In general, when we think about negative effect, we tend to view this as something enforced on us by an outside power, such as a
punishment meted out by Buddha or by God. Negative effects in Buddhism are not like this. They are based on the strict law of cause and effect.
For example, traffic regulations are one set of rules we live by in our present society. Whether we know about traffic regulations or not, when we ignore the traffic lights, some form of negative effect results, such as a car accident or a traffic ticket. Even though we do not know the rules, the penalty is still the same. When we suffer a loss, no other person has caused it to happen, nor given us punishment. It is a direct result of our own actions.
Learn How to Practice Buddhism
Visit our Buddhist Temple on Sunday, March 26th 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 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.