Joining our hands in prayer is an alternative expression for the Lotus Sutra …. The two characters for joining the hands in prayer are contained in all phenomena. The entities of heaven and hell, respectively, and all the laws of the three-thousand worlds in their present condition join their hands in prayer and face the Buddha.
written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan
The Ten Worlds
Visit our Buddhist Temple this Sunday, January 15th at 2:00 pm to learn the significance of why we join our hands together and it’s connection to the Buddhist concept of the Ten Worlds. Our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, will give a brief lecture on the Ten Worlds, teach you how to hold your hands and how to properly use the Juzu beads (Buddhist prayer beads). Then you will have the opportunity for a Q&A session with the Chief Priest.
If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after Saturday’s meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.
If you have any questions, please email or call the Temple.
Excerpted: Basics of Practice book, pages 51-52.