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Buddhism’s Peaceful Practices

As I said before, though no chapter of the Lotus Sutra is negligible, among the entire twenty-eight chapters, the Hoben chapter and the Juryo chapter are particularly outstanding. The remaining chapters are all in a sense the branches and leaves of these two chapters.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Why is the Lotus Sutra so great? The real reason is that, much more than in other sutras, the Lotus Sutra emphasizes the awesome nature and importance of life, which is eternally here throughout the three existences. Many of Nichiren Daishonin’s Goshos (writings) make it clear that, owing to their gravity, the Hoben and Juryo Chapters are the core of the Lotus Sutra. This is the background to why we recite the Hoben and Juryo chapters in Gongyo (liturgy) every morning and evening.

Intro Video and Lecture on Buddhism’s Core Beliefs

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, December 23rd, for a brief video presentation and lecture on Buddhism’s 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 Monthly, Explanation of the Hoben Chapter, 1995.