Giving Tuesday – Support Local Temples

Tuesday next week, 28 November 2017, is National Giving Tuesday.  I am guessing by now you have received various solicitations from many groups.  Perhaps you have decided to skip them all, or you may have a favorite group you are certain to donate to. As you consider your donation I hope you will take a moment and think about supporting your local Nichiren Shu temple.  If you don’t have a local temple then consider supporting…

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Contemplation on Chanting Odaimoku – Part 1

For those who may be new to Nichiren Buddhism, or any Buddhism for that matter, when you enter the practice hall you may see various statues, or simply a scroll with paintings or calligraphy. I’ve been asked by non-Buddhists about the statues, and almost always the question leads to the notion of worshiping idols. There is no simple answer to this issue of whether a person worship the statue as an idol. Many people from…

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Verses for Joyfully Upholding the Sutra

The word ge means verse, or similar to a free form poem, though in Chinese generally the lines are of 5 characters or as we might hear it five syllables. For an example of this you can look at the section of Chapter XVI we recite in our daily service. We refer to this section as the Ji Ga Ge, an abbreviated name which is derived from the first two characters with ge or verse…

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Daily Lotus – A Book of Daily Quotations from Lotus Sutra

Now Available on Amazon I enjoy daily quotation or phrase a day books, and they are widely available for various topics one might be interested in.  I’ve missed having one devoted solely to the Lotus Sutra.  It became a desire of mine to have such a book several years ago in fact.  I began working on this project in 2014, can you believe that?   First my chaplain work and training got in the way of…

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