Perfect and Sudden Concentration and Insight – Part 1

Our devotion and the devotional phrase is a two part deal.  One part is Myoho Renge Kyo, which we all know is the Wonderful Dharma of the Lotus Flower Sutra.  So that is there.  Picture if for a moment as a book, it is certainly more than just a book but for now hold that image.  Now the book is sitting over thereon the coffee table or perhaps it’s on a book shelf.  There you…

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Giving Tuesday – It’s Important – Please Donate

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.  I wrote a few days ago a post encouraging you to think about making a donation to a temple on this day.  It came to my mind that perhaps you may not know which are NONA temples and sanghas and how you can donate to them.  Here is a listing and links I have received so far.  Missing links will be updated as I receive them. Here is a list: Nichiren…

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Contemplation on Chanting Odaimoku – Part 3

Think about the Odaimoku manifesting in our minds and hold the image of that Odaimoku as a great ocean.  Now as is the case with an actual ocean there are numerous waves, and they are formed due to a variety of causes.  Some waves are the result of the gravitational pull of the moon, these are not only the tidal waves washing towards or away from the shore, they are the full tidal action on…

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Contemplation on Chanting Odaimoku – Part 2

Whether the focal point of your gazing or veneration is a paper mandala or a statue arrangement mandala there is no doctrinal distinction.  They are all equal.  In Nichiren Shu, there are 5 versions of the mandala which are recognized as equally fulfilling the capacity of Nichiren’s establishment of the object of devotion.  They are as follows:  a full statue arrangement, a full calligraphic scroll, the single phrase Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, a statue of…

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