WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE KANSHI-E CEREMONY?

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON NICHIREN SHOSHU BASICS OF PRACTICE MYOKYO MAGAZINE AUGUST 2015, PP.47-50     Question: WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE KANSHI-E CEREMONY?   Kanshi-e is an annual memorial ceremony for the Twenty-sixth High Priest, Nichikan Shonin. Nichikan Shonin thoroughly refuted the heretical doctrines of the Nichiren-Shu sects, which were rampant during the Edo…

WHY DO WE CHANT DAINMOKU?

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON NICHIREN SHOSHU BASICS OF PRACTICE MYOKYO MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2015, PP. 47-50 Question: WHY DO WE CHANT DAINMOKU? The Correct Practice Shodai (chanting Daimoku) means to chant the Daimoku of Nam- Myoho-Renge-Kyo while believing in the Object of Worship of the Essential Teaching, which the Daishonin revealed. This is the foremost and…

WHY DO WE MAKE PILGRIMAGES TO HEAD TEMPLE TAISEKIJI?

GUIDEPOSTS IN FAITH MYOKYO MAGAZINE MARCH 2014 (PP. 8-9, 11-13)   WHY DO WE MAKE PILGRIMAGES TO HEAD TEMPLE TAISEKIJI? The Daishonin teach the following in the Gosho, “The Person and the Law” (“Nanjo dono gohenji”): Those who travel to this place to pay their respects instantly will eradicate the negative karma they have accumulated…

What is Karma?

BASIC BUDDHIST TERMS KARMA MYOKYO MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2014 (PP.72-75)   Karma is a transliteration of the Sunskrit word, karman. It refers to all actions based on thoughts, words, and deeds. Karma is the cause of both positive and negative effects in life. There are two types of karma. The first one, shukugo, is the karma…

WHO WAS NICHIU SHONIN?

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON NICHIREN SHOSHU BASICS OF PRACTICE MYOKYO MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2016, PP. 18-21 A Journey to Propagate True Buddhism The Ninth High Priest Nichiu Shonin was born in April of 1402 (the ninth year of Oei) at the Nanjo residence in Ueno near Taisekiji. When he was young, he became a disciple of…

WHAT IS THE KOMATSUBARA PERSECUTION ?

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON NICHIREN SHOSHU BASICS OF PRACTICE MYOKYO MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2014, PP. 14-17 Nichiren Daishonin encountered what is called the “four great persecutions and countless minor persecutions.” (Each of the four great persecutions almost cost him his life.) Since the Daishonin propagated the correct Law through shakubuku, priests of other sects and government…

WHAT ARE LETTERS OF REMONSTRATION?

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON NICHIREN SHOSHU BASICS OF PRACTICE MYOKYO MAGZINE OCTOBER 2014, PP.14-17 The most significant ceremony for priesthood and laity of Nichiren Shoshu is the Oeshiki Ceremony. Most of us cerebrate this ceremony last October 13th or close to that date. At the Head Temple Taisekiji, the Oeshiki Ceremony is held yearly on…

What is Ushitora Gongyo?

Ushitora Gongyo is conducted every morning at the Head Temple Taisekiji. Ushitora Gongyo is referred to as the Gongyo officiated by the High Priest as Master of the Seat of the Law, in the Reception Hall (Kyakuden) at the Head Temple at 2:30 AM. In “Articles to be Observed after the Passing of Nikko,” which…

WHAT IS COMPASSION?

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON NICHIREN SHOSHU BASICS OF PRACTICE Removing suffering and giving pleasure Are you familiar with the word “jihi” (mercy—compassion)? You might have heard it in a lecture by the priest. According to the Japanese dictionary, it often means sympathy or pity. For example, when we see a stray dog, we feel sorry…

WHAT ARE POSITIVE AND REVERSE RELATIONSHIPS?

QUESTIOS AND ANSWERS ON NICHIREN SHOSHU BASICS OF PRACTICE MYOKYO MAGAZINE AUGUST 2014, PP.14-17 Two Types of Relationships with the Gohonzon A positive relationship entails a person forming a relationship to the Gohonzon without any difficulty. And so, when someone hears about this faith and practice from others, that individual readily can accept the teaching…

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