Murky water does not have a mind, but it can become clear by capturing the [reflection of the] moon. As the grasses and trees are showered with rain, could they possibly possess any awareness as they produce blossoms? The five characters of Myoho-Renge-Kyo are not the sutra text and not its meaning. They are none other than the essence of the entire sutra. Beginning practitioners may be unaware of this essence, but by practicing [Myoho-Renge-Kyo] they will naturally accord with the essential intent of the sutra.
written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan
The Daishonin uses these metaphors to show that beginning practitioners do not need to know the meaning of the five characters of the mystic Law (Myoho). If only they believe in it and chant it, they naturally can absorb and attain the subtle and profound meaning of the Lotus Sutra.
Sunday, July 22nd – Lecture on Karma
Visit our Buddhist Temple this Sunday, July 22nd, for a brief lecture on Karma by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe. He will also teach you how to practice Buddhism.
- 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
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.