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Buddhism: Repay Your Debts of Gratitude

One who studies the teachings of Buddhism must not fail to repay the four debts of gratitude.
(The Four Debts of Gratitude Gosho written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan)

Every month at the Oko Ceremony, our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, lectures about Buddhism. A frequent topic is the concept of gratitude. Many of the writings (called Gosho) of Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of Nichiren Shoshu, explain what the four debts of gratitude are:

  • gratitude to all living beings
  • gratitude to one’s father and mother
  • gratitude to one’s sovereign
  • gratitude to the Three Treasures – the Buddha, the Law and the Priesthood

Understanding our debts of gratitude and how to repay them is how one develops a happy life. Being compassionate, practicing Buddhism for yourself and others, helping others to learn Buddhism, are ways to repay our debts of gratitude.

Visit Myosenji Buddhist Temple

We have Introductory Meetings scheduled weekly at Myosenji. Please visit and learn more about Buddhism and your life.

Sunday, December 16th, at 2:00 pm
Topic: Buddhism and Karma

Sunday, December 23rd, at 2:00 pm
Topic: Buddhism’s Beliefs & Origins

Sunday, December 30th, at 2:00 pm
Topic: Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds

Tuesday, New Year’s Day, January 1st, at 2:00 pm
Topic: Buddhism and Karma

If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist, immediately following the Introduction meeting. If you cannot make any of the meetings and want to receive the Ceremony, please contact us and we will make arrangements for you.