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Buddhism’s Core Beliefs: Myo

Special Mochi offering to the Buddha on New Year’s Day

In considering the order of the five seasonal festivals, we find that they correspond respectively to the five characters of Myoho-Renge-Kyo. New Year’s Day celebrates the character Myo.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Myoho-Renge-Kyo is the ultimate Law that activates the original energy of all life and existence. The Law of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo was revealed by Nichiren Daishonin. In His writings, Nichiren Daishonin states, “‘Myo‘” means to revive, that is, to return to life.” The Chinese character “Myo” of Myoho-Renge-Kyo contains many profound meanings and this profundity characterizes Myoho-Renge-Kyo.

In Buddhism, the word “revive” means to transform our evil nature into a higher life-condition and to attain Buddhahood. When we chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, our lives, which have been poisoned by provisional teachings and negative karma, will transform into lives of enlightenment.

Introduction to Buddhism’s Core Beliefs

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, January 6th, for a brief video presentation and lecture on Buddhism’s core beliefs by our Chief Priest.

  • 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 Ceremonies, New Year’s Gongyo, pp.2-4