Official Enkyoji Buddhist Network response to the recent Hurricane Harvey Disaster:

All our hearts and prayers go out to the communities and people of the great states of Texas and Louisiana but especially to the great city of Houston.

We see news coverage displaying the true loving and resilient nature of the people of these great states showing itself again even in the midst of crisis and tragedy. This reminds us of a passage from Chapter XV of the Lotus Sutra that states, "...the Bodhisattvas rose from underground..." We can see the ideals of the Six Perfections (Paramitas) exemplified in the actions of the brave first responders and communities from Texas to Louisiana all truly displaying their Bodhisattva spirits. As mentioned in the Lotus Sutra, this compassionate action happens in the NOW through the actions of ordinary people in this World of Endurance (Saha) springing up from the earth from those among us to be of compassionate service to all thinking and feeling beings. We can see this as it springs out of the fertile soil of the hearts and minds of everyday people showing compassion during times of crisis. It is the mission of Bodhisattva to bring this better nature out in all beings in every place and moment.

During this time it is essential to trust in the teachings of the Buddha and the Dharma to better release ourselves from suffering. We stand together with you and all your communities with our hands in prayer (gassho) combined with the action of chanting, Namu Myoho Renge Kyo!

May the committees and people affected by this hardship, like the great Lotus flower, rise up from this tragedy. Nichiren Shonin taught that through the practice of the Lotus Sutra and our own practice and faith we can pray that natural disasters may subside and the world be at peace.

Remember the great heart of our founder Nichiren Shonin especially during times of disaster and unrest. It is during those times of crisis and turmoil that our true minds will be seen.

With Gassho...

Please add this prayer to your devotions and prayer sessions:

"We especially dedicate this merit to those experiencing disaster around the world, especially to the states of Texas and Louisiana and the city of Houston. Our collective hearts prayers go out to Myokenji Temple and the Houston Sangha members as well as our NONA Bishop Myokei Caine-Barret Shonin."

Our Network is requesting that all Sangha and members hold a one hour chanting session for those affected by disaster and dedicate merits to their peace and safety, please add this prayer to your dedication.

We are asking those who can to lend an hour for chanting the Odaimoku for the great benefit of those affected. Various members of our Sangha, Groups and Temples will be broadcasting online tomorrow. Enkyoji Temple of Ballard will be offering a session tomorrow from 6-7pm PST for the West Coast and Shoeizan Enkyoji Temple of Rochester will also be offering a session from 7-8pm EST for the East Coast. All our members and supporters are encouraged and should feel free to broadcast their own sessions if possible during one or both of those times or tune in to support.

Gassho合掌、

Enkyoji Nichiren Shu Buddhist Network

Please read:
http://nichiren-shu.org/new…/brigdge_news/E-Bridge52_web.pdf

Upcoming Network Events:

 

Enkyoji Buddhist Network 2017 Dharma Conference : October 13-15, 2017 - Rochester, NY USA

Enkyoji Buddhist Network 2018 International Conference & Pilgrimage - Feburary 4, 2018 - Saga, Japan

 

 

円教寺 Enkyoji Buddhist Network World Wide

円教寺 Enkyoji Buddhist Network is the World Wide propagation portal of the Shinshibōen 親師法縁 Lineage of Nichiren Shu as it runs through 長栄山円教寺 Choeizan Enkyoji Temple of Seattle to our Honbu Temple, 長妙山 圓教寺 Chomyozan Enkyoji Buddhist Temple of Saga, Kyushu Japan. We follow the teachings of the Eternal Shakyamuni Buddha as set forth in the Lotus Sutra and in the teachings of our founder Nichiren Shonin. Our main practice is chanting the Odaimoku (Great Title) of the Lotus Sutra:

Namu Myoho Renge Kyo

 

The Odaimoku expresses the essence of the teachings of the Lotus Sutra and by chanting it we establish a way of life consonant with the eternal truths preached by the BuddhaWithout PRACTICE there is no Buddhism! We endeavor to put our effort and faith into regular practice to better realize and share the benefits of the Dharma through its application in our daily lives. Our purpose is to nurture the Buddha seeds in all sentient beings. It is the aspiration of  円教寺 Enkyoji Buddhist Network to continue Nichiren Shonin's Mission of spreading Buddhism throughout the most challenging socio-economic areas of the inner-cities and rural areas of the World. It is our intention to make Nichiren Shu Buddhism more accessible to a broader socio-economic and racial demographic Worldwide.

The Shinshibōen 親師法縁 Lineage of Abbot Kanjin Cederman Shonin and 長栄山円教寺 Choeizan Enkyoji Temple of Seattle has a long and important history. The Lineage was transmitted by Kanto Tsukamoto Shonin from 長妙山 圓教寺 Chomyozan Enkyoji Temple in Saga, Kyushu, Southern Japan. This is where Tsukamoto Shonin, Cederman Shonin’s teacher, and his family have continued this wonderful lineage of faith and practice for generations.

圓教寺 Enkyoji was originally a Shingon Shu temple. In the 15th century, Nichijo Shonin, who was the Head Priest of the Temple, lost a debate with the famous Nichiren Shu priest Kuonjoin Nisshin Shonin during his stay in Hizen prefecture, which was between modern Saga and Nagasaki prefectures or possibly a direct disciple of his. Following his loss, Nichijo Shonin converted the Temple to Nichiren Shu. {ESP} Red Budista 円教寺 Enkyoji

Our 円教寺 Enkyoji Lineage was established in 1555 (1st year of Koji 弘治) by Nichijo Shonin

There have been 33 Jushoku of 長妙山 圓教寺 Chomyozan Enkyoji Buddhist Temple of Saga in our Lineage since 1555.

Our current Jushoku (Head Priest) is:

Tsukamoto Kansei Shonin 塚本観聖上人

 

Gassho 合掌...