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Karma Can Help and Hurt

Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life and continue chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, no matter what happens. Then you will experience boundless joy from the Law. Strengthen your faith more than ever.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Karma is both positive and negative. It can serve to open opportunities, reduce suffering and create joy. It can also serve to disrupt, damage or take control of your life. Everyone in this world possesses both positive and negative karma. The only option we have is to face and overcome our karma to achieve peace and happiness in our life.

When you chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo to the Gohonzon (object of worship), you acquire the wisdom to recognize positive opportunities and you acquire the courage to break through any difficulties. It is because the practice of chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo awakens us to what the origin of our present suffering is, and also gives us the confidence that we can overcome our negative karma.

Karma Lecture – Sunday, December 8th

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, December 8th, to hear our Chief Priest explain how you can change your karma, effectively reflect on your karma, and understand the causes you make and the effects you receive. Discover whether or not your current thinking is counter-productive to your happiness.

  • 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 and free.
  • 310 University Blvd West, Silver Spring, MD 20901 entrance on Burnett Ave

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.