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Why Does Nichiren-Shu Worship the gods of Hawaii and the gods of Japan?

August 5, 2019

In the Hokke Shoshin Jobutsu by St. Nichiren it is written that having achieved enlightenment, Shakyamuni Buddha immediately wanted to teach the Lotus Sutra to people. Nevertheless, the ability and conditions of the sentient beings were of an infinite variety and were not the same, and that is why for forty years, he prepared to do so by teaching various sutras, and at the end He expounded the Lotus Sutra. In chapter 2 of the Lotus Sutra, Expedients, if He had taught the Lotus Sutra from the start, the people would have difficulty in understanding and would not believe Him. They would instead slander the Lotus Sutra, and fall to…

Sentient Being Are Innumerable, I Vow to Save Them All By Rev. Teinyo Kunugi

August 5, 2019

At Jorinji temple a SEGAKI memorial service is being held each month. The names of the spirits that one wishes to memorialize are written on a toba and memorialized. This March 11 is the eighth year since the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. More than twenty thousand people had lost their precious lives. At the March service of Jorinji, a toba was made for the spirits and the trueheartedness of the memorial service was offered to them. Rev. Kunugi’s son, Rev. Teigyo Kunugi, had the followers of Mt. Shichimen write paper toba for those who died in the earthquake. As many as thirty-thousand tobas were written. These paper tobas were memorialized…

Eternal Life

August 4, 2019

We think that human life begins at birth and ends at death.   Yet is this true?   Before birth, we were in our mother’s womb for ten months.   And the source for that stay is further connected to our ancestors.   It is the connection of life before birth.   The life that seeks to live on after death remains on by being connected to its descendants.   In the same way that the light of the sun does not begin at sunrise and end at sunset,   Know that our life is joined with the distant past and future.   The Venerable Rev. Nichiyu Iwama, 90th Archbishop of Minobu-san   久遠のいのち   人生は誕生に始まり…

The 3 Dharma Seals

August 2, 2019

1, Impermanence (Anitya)   The Buddha taught that everything is impermanence. All things change. We cannot find anything that is permanent. When we know that everything is changing, we can forecast predict what will happen in the future and prepare for it. And, we understand that without exception, everything will decay and disappear. In this way our strong attachment to material will be reduced. For example, The cells of our body are changing each moment.   The existence called a human being is an existence that becomes old and dies. If we can understand this, we can accept our own death objectively. And eventually our fear of aging and death…

Merit of Memorial Services By Rev. Teinyo Kunugi

July 31, 2019

K lost her husband seven years ago and since then she earnestly continued to hold memorial services for him, and she memorialized him at the monthly hungry ghost service at Jorinji. The year before last when she collapsed from heart illness and was being hospitalized, her late husband appeared in her dream. “Thank you for always holding a memorial service for me. You will be alright because I made a request to St. Nichiren of Jorinji.” He clearly said this to her in her dream. After her dream, K’s condition improved by the day. She spoke about her precious experience saying: “It was a blessing to know that a memorial…

The Structure of the Universe and Good Deeds

July 31, 2019

The Structure of the Universe and Good Deeds Why Does Human Life and Work Go Well When We Do Good Things? This can be explained from the theory of the big bang. At the start the universe was an extremely hot and high-pressure tiny mass. This mass exploded, and while expanding it formed the present magnificent universe. This is being proven by physics, After the explosion, elementary particles were formed. The material world that forms the universe is entirely formed from the elementary particles called atoms. The elementary particles combined and formed molecules, and from the molecules DNA was formed and the living body was born. The living body evolved…

“What does the Thousand-Hand Kannon do with His many hands and eyes?”

June 30, 2019

The answer is clear when we think about how the mothers of the world look after their children. When a mother suspects a fever, she quickly places her hand on the child’s forehead. Her hand is doing the work of her eyes. To know her child’s condition, with her entire being, she observes the child’s appearance, expression, complexion, tone of voice and so forth. That is why a mother knows the sound of her child’s voice well. When she hears her baby cry, she knows, by just hearing that sound, whether the child is hungry or wants his diaper changed. Kannon is the work of seeing (kan) sounds (on). Sound…

The 4 Noble Truths (Mechanism of Suffering)

June 16, 2019

The 4 Noble Truths (Mechanism of Suffering) We will review the most basic Dharma that we must know as a Buddhist. We are Buddhists. If someone were to ask you about Buddhism, how would you reply? The Buddhism of St. Nichiren is very important. Nevertheless, as the premise for its study we must know the basic Dharma of Buddhism. This Dharma is the universal truth. Buddhism is the enlightened message of the human being, Gautama Siddartha. Siddartha practiced meditation under the Bodhi tree in the town of Gaya in Inda and was enlightened. He first taught the contents of his enlightenment to his practitioner friends in the town of Sarnath.…

3 Things To Do List for the Happiness, Wellness and a Healthy Life for Members of Honolulu Myohoji

June 14, 2019

3 Things To Do List for the Happiness, Wellness and a Healthy Life for Members of Honolulu Myohoji   Thing to Do Each Morning   Waking Up   Soon after waking up, thank the Eternal Buddha, who is the Existence that is always protecting you, for the fact that you are alive today and were able to get up.   Toilet and Washing-up   Worshiping the sun in the morning. The sun is the source of our life. First bow (express your gratitude to the sun). Next, gassho and chant the Odaimoku 3 to 10 tens. If you cannot see the sun from your home, face the east. Continue this…

The Wish for Improvement Is Truly the Way to Happiness (5 Characteristics of Chronically Unhappy People )

June 12, 2019

The Wish for Improvement Is Truly the Way to Happiness 5 Characteristics of Chronically Unhappy People They Believe That Human Life Is Difficult One of the teachings of Great Vehicle Buddhism is that human life becomes exactly as it is envisioned in the mind. Those who think that human life is difficult, and make that thinking their belief, will have a life of many sufferings just as they believed. If they did the opposite and believed that human life is wonderful, that it is happy and bright, their life will become as they believed. For example, even if we are in bad circumstances at the moment, those who reflect on…