We hold regular practice sessions, organise public teachings and run series of classes on Buddhism in addition to sharing traditional Buddhist life at our temple and celebrating important events in the Buddhist calendar.
Nichiren Shu Buddhists perform a daily service in the morning and evening called “Gongyo” or Otsutome” to nurture the seed of enlightenment, express their devotion and appreciation to the three treasures of Buddhism and to pray for the peace of their ancestors, the peace of their families and for world peace.
By attending services at the temple we can join with a larger assembly of fellow practitioners and take part in the power of the service in the sacred atmosphere of the temple. In this greater community one can more fully experience the beauty and power of Nichiren Shu practice and develop and practise Nichiren Shu Buddhist faith.
The Buddha said that the spiritual friendship to be found in the community of fellow practitioners should not be called just half the holy life, but the whole of it, and practice at the temple allows us to encourage each other and cultivate the virtues of enlightenment together.
Sunday practices usually begin with a brief period of silent sitting followed by the recitation of key chapters from the Lotus Sutra before the chanting of the Odaimoku, Namu Myoho Renge Kyo and prayers dedicating the merits of our practice to the Three Treasure and all beings.
After the service there will be a short Dharma talk sharing the teachings of the Buddha and showing how they can help us in our daily lives.
Everyone is invited to share tea, cake and conversation afterwards!
Shodaigyo Meditation is held on Thursday evenings, and is a simple yet deep and profound practice to calm and centre the mind with the chanting of Namu Myoho Renge Kyo. The Shodaigyo practices lasts 30mins in total, ideal for those new to Buddhism as well as experienced practitioners.
Come and unwind and connect with your Buddha-nature!
Lotus Sutra Study Group
We are currently reading the Lotus Sutra directly, as a group practice, every other Friday.
This is a wonderful opportunity to read the Lotus Sutra directly as a group practice, enabling us to connect with and immerse ourselves in the world of the Lotus Sutra.
We are reading the translation by Rev Senchu Murano, published by the Nichiren Buddhist International Center (NBIC).
Please see the events page for details of all our activities. We hope to see you soon!
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