Path of Improvement

Don’t think you can improve later Be a ray of light piercing the darkness Gokyōka (No. 1679)—didactic poem by Nissen Shōnin (the Complete Writings of Nissen Shōnin Vol. 14, p. 155) When you are being vain or lazy or straying … Read More

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Purple in Buddhism

An HBS member in Brazil told me that the purple robes of our head priest are so cool and asked me why his robes are all purple. In HBS, the highest grade priests called Dai Sojo (Dai means “great,” and … Read More

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How did HBS get their priesthood?

The question this time is: How did HBS get their priesthood? Did the HBS at some point (in the 1900’s) merge with a sect that already had priests (just like the Kempon Hokke Shu was at one time united with … Read More

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What is the true meaning of “helping others”?

A merciful heart to save people by chanting the Odaiomku is just proof of a Bodhisattva. [Gokyoka—Instructive poem by Nissen Shonin] The will to save others by both chanting ourselves and having them chant the Odaimoku can make manifest evidence … Read More

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