Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism….Both practice and study arise from faith.
Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan
Enlightenment for oneself alone is not the aim of the Lotus Sutra. According to the 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.
Buddhism teaches us to be merciful and to pursue our own happiness together with concern and compassion for others. Feelings of gratitude, compassion for others, and a deep sense of appreciation must be translated into our daily lives. In order to gain the great benefits of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, faith must be accompanied by practice.
Learning how to Act, Think and Feel Like a Buddhist
Visit Myosenji Temple on Sunday, February 7th, at 2:00 pm to learn how to be a Buddhist in thought, word and deeds. Chief Priest, Rev Murata will lecture on the Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds and answer your questions.
- 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.
If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after the meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Murata will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.