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Buddhism’s Most Sacred Flower: The Lotus

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

The Buddha used the lotus flower as a metaphor to symbolize the mystic Law (Myoho). The lotus plant sends forth its pure white flowers from within a muddy swamp. Using this metaphor, the Buddha demonstrated how Buddhahood and the other nine worlds inherently coexist within our lives.

When you visit Myosenji Temple, be sure to look for the lotus flowers sculptures that sit on both sides of the front altar where the Chief Priest sits.

Buddhist Doctrine of the Ten Worlds

Visit Saturday, April 13th, to hear our Chief Priest explain the Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds which is in the Lotus Sutra, and how we can lift ourselves beyond the six lower paths to achieve true happiness.

  • 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 entrance on Burnett Ave

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, page 51.