There is a Sutra that states that children are your enemies … There is another Sutra which states that children are your treasure.
written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan
The relationship between parent and child is never happenstance. We must be firmly aware that the children are connected to the parents by a deep karmic relationship from their previous lives.
The Buddha expounded the principle of his three virtues to show us how he interacts with all people. In fact, it is important for parents to use these three virtues as exemplary ways to follow in raising their children.
First, the parents must protect their children. This represents the virtue of the sovereign. Secondly, they must teach and lead the children. This is the virtue of the teacher. Thirdly, dealing compassionately with children is none other than the virtue of the parent. Since these three virtues are the essential properties of the Buddha, they are difficult for us to apply in our lives and to actually practice them. However, as we raise our children, it is important to be mindful of practicing these three virtues—to protect our children, to teach and lead them, and to love them.*
Visit Myosenji Temple
This Sunday, December 18th, at 2:00 pm, we will hold an Introduction meeting with a brief lecture on the Ten Worlds. You will …
- learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads.
- have a chance to ask questions directly of the Chief Priest.
- spend a little over an hour in a beautiful Buddhist Temple learning how to become a better, happier person.
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.