If you want to understand the causes that existed in the past, look at the results as they are manifested in the present. And if you want to understand what results will be manifested in the future, look at the causes that exist in the present. (Nichiren Daishonin, 1222, Japan) (M.W., Vol. 2, pp. 197-198)
Above is a quote from Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. In short, actions from our past existences become causes that manifest as good and bad fortune in the present, and actions in this life become the causes that lead to effects in the future. Buddhism further explains that the effect of a given cause is inherent within the cause. This is known as the simultaneity of cause and effect, or the mutual possession of cause and effect.
On Sunday, August 18th, our Chief Priest, Rev. Murata, will lecture about the Buddhist concept of happiness and karma. The meeting begins at 11:00 am after our morning prayers (sutra recitation). If you are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after Sunday’s meeting (about noon), Rev. Murata will be performing the Acceptance of the Precepts Ceremony. Please join us if you’d like to observe. Call or email the Temple if you have questions.