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Karma: Overcome, Do Not Escape

Through our Buddhist practice, we do not separate ourselves from the saha world, which is the land of impurity. Instead, we must improve the saha world itself, to actually create the Land of Eternally Tranquil Light in this world.

High Priest Nichinyo Shonin

Buddhism refers to the world in which we live as the saha world (shaba sekai). Shaba is the transliteration of the Sanskrit word saha, and there are a number of variants for the characters used to write this word. “Saha” means the world of endurance or the land of endurance. Those who live in this world suffer as a result of their own earthly desires, and they are beleaguered by external threats, such as the wind, the rain, the cold, and the heat. Saha is known as the world of endurance because those who live within it must endure suffering both internally and externally.

Karma Lecture – Sunday, October 27th

Visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday, October 27th, to hear our Assistant Priest explain how you can change your karma and change your environment.

  • Learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads.
  • Q&A with our Assistant 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.

*Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly Magazine, The Saha World Is In Itself The Land Of Eternally Tranquil Light, October, 2019, p.22-24.