According to the Buddhist 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.
Each day in our morning and evening prayers, called Gongyo (sutra recitation), when we sit in front of the Gohonzon, we strive to have an attitude of appreciation and gratitude. The Gosho, “On Attaining Buddhahood” states:
Whether you chant the Buddha’s name, recite the sutra, or merely offer flowers and incense, all your virtuous acts
will implant benefits and good fortune in your life. With this conviction you should put your faith into practice.
(MW, Vol. 1, p. 4; Gosho, p. 46)
Our Assistant Priest holds regular Children’s meetings to teach Myosenji’s children (and parents) the correct attitude towards the Gohonzon and how to practice Buddhism. This Sunday, June 22nd, is our next scheduled Children’s Meeting.
Excerpted from: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice.