Seven Skillful Means

“The Raijitsu-giki states, ‘According to the Makashikan (C. Mohe-zhiguan) the 25 skillful [preparations for meditation] facilitate the realization of the true principle through concrete phenomena.’” Here we focus on actual activities or actions taken in preparation and during our practice or worship of the Lotus Sutra.  Just as a singer warms up before a performance, or an athlete stretches their muscles we too also are advised to do certain things to help prepare us to…

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Giving Tuesday Today – November 28, 2017

Here is a list of Nichiren Order of North America Sanghas and links that have been provided where you can make your donations.  Please consider donating today. Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Greater New England – www.newenglandbuddhist.org Houston – Myoken-ji – no link provided yet Seattle – Enkyo-ji – www.seattlebuddhist.org Rochester – Shoezan Enkyo-ji – www.rochesterbuddhist.org Buffalo Sangha – Enkyo-ji – no link provided yet Spokane – Enkyoji Buddhist Sangha of Spokane – www.enkyojibuddhistnetwork.org Syracuse – Myosho-ji…

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Two Vital Attitudes

Solemnity and Reverence It is possible to be so concerned with perfection when reciting the sutra especially the Shindoku, or non-English portions.  I remember when I first began I would fret over my mispronunciations and because I was intent on getting it correct I kept backing up and saying the same thing over.  It would take me a long time to make any progress at all.  This is not all bad, in fact desiring to…

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Perfect and Sudden Concentration and Insight – Part 2

“When one fixes [the mind] on the Dharma-realm [as it is], then there is not a single sight nor smel that is not the Middle Way.  The same goes for the realm of self, the realm of Buddha, and the realm of living beings.”  Grand Master Miao-lê As our Namu more fully awakens our Myoho Renge Kyo and our lives manifest the fullness and truth of the Dharma then there is no distinction or separation…

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