New 2nd Edition of Service Book (Gongyo)

 Now available from Amazon the newest edition of the standard service for Myosho-ji.  This is the format we follow for our regular Sunday services which are streamed live using Zoom.  Included in this new edition are extra prayers which you may find useful for various occasions in your daily life.  To those presented in the previous edition I’ve added even more.  Also I’ve introduced gathas and how you might use this type of Buddhist practice…

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Chapter IX – Hidden Course – Lotus of Your Life

I’ve written previously, on my blog as well as in my book Lecture on the Lotus Sutra, about the hidden practice of Rahula.  Being the son of the Buddha must have been very difficult.  Anytime a person follows in the footsteps of someone who has achieved success there is always the comparison people will make of the two and the different efforts and ways of being.  Imagine being the son of the Buddha and then…

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If a Phrase of the Sutra Fills Your Heart… – May 5, 2017

  “If a phrase of the sutra fills your heart it will be an aid to reaching the other Shore.  By deeply reflecting on and mastering the Dharma it will become a great vessel for crossing over.  Being able to see and hear the Dharma follows upon its joyful reception, as a vassal always follows after his lord.  Whether somebody follows it or goes against it, they will finally be able to achieve liberation through…

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Chapter V – Part 1 – If They Have Not Yet Done So

 This chapter opens with the parable about the cloud of rain that waters the plants in the land.  Even though the plants have many differences they all are equally nourished by this rain.  Early on in this project I did a piece of art which I donated to Myokei Shonin, Bishop of NONA.  In the parable mention is made of roots, stems, branches and leaves of trees and grasses.  This often does not get explained…

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