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Karma Controls Life: Stop Fighting & Transform It

It is impossible to fathom one’s karma. . . It is solely so that I may expiate in this lifetime my past heavy slanders and be freed from the three evil paths in the next.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

It is important that we correctly understand the concept of karma. The word “karma” comes from Sanskrit, and means “action” or “deed.” There are also times when the meaning of the word “karma” includes not only a person’s deed, but also the deed’s power to produce an effect. For example, if someone hurts another, even though the act itself may soon be over and done with, the regret, animosity and the like, which accompany the hurtful deed, will remain afterwards. Further, because of such remorse or ill feeling, there will eventually be suffering. In this way, while karma refers specifically to actions, those actions also leave behind their own repercussions.

Karma Controls Life – Transform It

Although we all face various restrictions in our present lives due to karma from past existences, Buddhism explains that even though we are in the middle of karmic retribution, we can determine our future fortune by our own volition. Visit Sunday, March 24th, to learn how to change your Karma for the better.

  • 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 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 from: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly, Concerning Karma, 1995