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. . . even if the ebbing and flowing of the tides were to halt, or even if the sun were to rise in the west, the prayer of a votary of the Lotus Sutra would never fail to be answered . . .

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

Since the days of Nichiren Daishonin, Nichiren Shoshu Buddhists practice Gongyo, the recitation of two chapters from the Lotus Sutra along with chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. Over time, new Buddhists learn how to recite the sutra.  The benefits one receives from doing their daily Buddhist practice are tremendous.

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.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

Visit our Buddhist Temple – Learn How to Practice

Saturday, March 11th, our Chief Priest will be instructing guests and new Buddhists how to do the Buddhist practice of chanting. He will teach you how to use the Juzu, Buddhist prayer beads. There will be a brief video presentation followed by a Q&A with Rev Sakabe. The meeting starts at 2:00pm and concludes about 3:15pm.

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 Basics of Practice, The Five Prayers of Gongyo, p.25.