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Karma Rules the World

Likewise, the Shinjikan Sutra states: “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.”

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

All of us have positive and negative karma based on causes we made in our past and present lives. Karma rules our world. That’s why it’s important to learn how Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism teaches us to eradicate negative karma in this lifetime and make the right causes in the present to enjoy positive karma in our next life.

All of human karma is divided into three kinds; physical, verbal and mental. Physical karma results from activities of the body, while verbal karma derives from actions of the mouth, and mental karma arises from activities of the mind or will. On the Buddhist path, these three types of actions should correspond with each other. We are taught that it is important that our thoughts, words and deeds should be consistent, rather than allowing them to be separate or contradictory.

Visit Sunday for Karma Lecture

Sunday, August 4th, Myosenji Temple will host a lecture on Karma by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe. He will explain how to use your Buddhist practice to change your Karma and become happy and help others to do the same.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Excerpted: Nichren Shoshu Basics of Practice; Concerning Karma