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Why Do We Chant Namu Myoho Renge Kyo (Odaimoku) By Rev. Yamamura

April 19, 2019

Why Do We Chant Namu Myoho Renge Kyo (Odaimoku) By Rev. Yamamura To chant Namu Myoho Renge Kyo is (1) to praise ourself and to respect another, and (2) gratitude and purification for the great nature. The third theme is word. In the 21st chapter of the Lotus Sutra, Namu Myoho Renge Kyo is explained. Since it is difficult, I will explain it in simple terms. Myo Ho is Shakyamuni Buddha’s infinitely spiritual power. Moreover, Renge is a symbol of the teaching by which He wished to save us, that everyone is equal. And a symbol of Shakyamuni Buddha’s practice is Kyo. First, there is Myo. Shakyamuni Buddha became one…

Tangyo Raihai By Rev. Yamamura

April 19, 2019

Tangyo Raihai There was a priest called Fukyou in India long ago. He did not read sutras at his temple, nor did he give sermons, and never conducted memorial services. So, what did he actually do? He would get up in the morning, put on his priest’s attire and go out. As he met people, he would bow his head, put his hands together, and say, “I respect you, and will never look down you,” and continued on his path. That’s all he did. If a priest suddenly came up to you, and said those things, wouldn’t you be surprised? If this happened today, he would simply be ignored, and…

Why should we meditate?

April 17, 2019

Why should we meditate?   We can broadly classify human emotions as being two kinds. One is a good feeling. One is a bad feeling. Human emotions are divided as pleasant and unpleasant. We are classifying our daily happenings as being pleasant or unpleasant. A happening that is pleasant for us is a good happening. A happening that is unpleasant for us is a bad happening. In other words, we are comparing the happening with our past memory and judging and experiencing the happening as good or bad. That is the nature of our mind. The goal of Buddhism is to unify that mind. Another goal is to improve human…

Truth Goodness Beauty (真 善 美)

April 3, 2019

  The words truth, goodness and beauty are the mind of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni. We may even call them the will of the Eternal Buddha. In the first place, the Eternal Buddha is the fundamental entity of the universe and Namu Myoho Renge Kyo. That is why the will of Namu Myoho Renge Kyo is also truth, goodness and beauty.   Namu Myoho Renge Kyo is an honorific title for the original source of the energy and spirit that gives life to all things in the universe. And through the power of Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, we are born and being sustained, and that is why truth, goodness and…

The Reason for Being a World Nichiren-Shu

February 20, 2019

Many Japanese and American think that Nichiren-Shu is a Japanese religion for the Japanese. That thinking, however, is old and narrow. Nichiren-Shu is a world religion that equals Christianity. That is because the Nichiren-Shu is a religion that worships the Lotus Sutra. In Japan, there are many religions that worship that Lotus Sutra, but for the religion that firmly inherits that spirit of St. Nichiren and with the founder of Buddhism, Shakyamuni Buddha, as its main object of worship, there is only Nichiren-Shu. In the first place, the grave of St. Nichiren is in the main temple of Nichiren-Shu.   Today there are 11 priests, who are not of Japanese…

The Way that Honolulu Myohoji Should Be

February 10, 2019

In order to live happily on earth, we need a philosophy that becomes our policy for action.  If that philosophy is pure and good, a person that takes action according to that philosophy can live happily.  On the contrary, if that philosophy is bad, a person becomes unhappy. Our philosophy is truly the teaching of the Lotus Sutra.  The Lotus Sutra is the highest teaching that was left to us by Shakyamuni Buddha.  This teaching must become the philosophy that the Honolulu Myohoji is managed by.  It was based on the Lotus Sutra that the mission of Honolulu Myohoji, which was selected. 1, To seek the spiritual happiness of all…