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Karma: What’s Stored in Your DNA?

Common Karma and Individual Karma

Common karma refers to karma which people share and shoulder in common. For example, there are cases where all people share causes and effects, such as social development, or a case where an entire society was assailed by a disaster, would be called instances of common karma. In contrast, individual karma refers to the karma of an individual person. For example, a mother can not take the place of a child who is suffering from illness. Individual karma refers to personal pleasures and sufferings. Thus, while karma is a personal matter, it simultaneously possesses social and historical capabilities.

Karma: What’s Stored in Your DNA?

Visit our Buddhist Temple this Sunday, November 4th, for a brief lecture on Karma by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe. Learn how you create your Karma and what you need to do to free yourself of delusions and transform yourself.

  • 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 begins at 2:00 pm and concludes about 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: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly, Concerning Karma, 1995.