Nichiren Shu Buddhist Temple of UK

APRIL:


Friday 5th April - Odaimoku-ko at 7pm

The monthly "Odaimoku Meeting" is an opportunity to come together and support each other and practise together more intensively than we may be able to at home on our own. The energy from this longer chanting is a great way to boost and revitalise our practice each month, to reflect on the month that has passed and resolve to benefit others with our thoughts, words and actions in the coming month.

Sunday 7th April - The Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony (Hanamatsuri) at 1pm

About 2,500 years ago, on April 8th, Prince Siddhartha was born at Lumbini Garden in Nepal, near the Indian border. His father was King Śuddhodana and his mother was Queen Maya. It is said that upon birth, the Buddha stood, walked seven steps, and raising his right hand said, “In heaven and on earth, I alone am honoured.” We celebrate the Buddha’s birthday by holding the “Hana-matsuri” (literally “Flower Festival”) Service. For this service we decorate a miniature shrine with flowers, and place a statue of the baby Buddha with one hand pointing to the sky and one hand pointing to the earth in the centre, and during the service pour sweet tea over the statue with a ladle. The service will be held on Sunday 7th April at 1pm. After the Service we will share a Potluck Lunch to celebrate the special occasion. Please bring your favourite vegetarian dish that all may share. 

Sunday 14th April - No Service ​


Sunday 21st April - Sunday Practice at 1pm


Sunday 28th April - Rikkyo Kaishu-e Ceremony at 1pm


On the morning of April 28, 1253, when he was age 32, Nichiren Shōnin climbed up to the top of a hill called “Asahiga-mori” on Mt. Kiyosumi, and facing the sun rising over the Pacific Ocean, chanted the Sacred Title of “Namu Myoho Renge Kyo” ten times, vowing to save all sentient beings with the Lotus Sūtra. From that time on, Nichiren Shōnin devoted his life to spreading the teaching of the Lotus Sūtra and the Odaimoku. That day became the day that the Nichiren Shu (Nichiren School) was born. 

On Sunday 28th April we will celebrate the 767th anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Shu by holding a special Commemoration Ceremony. After the Ceremony we will show a video about Mt. Minobu, Nichiren Shōnin’s life and outlook, and famous Nichiren Shu practitioners from history


MAY:


Friday 3rd May - Odaimoku-ko at 7pm

The monthly "Odaimoku Meeting" is an opportunity to come together and support each other and practise together more intensively than we may be able to at home on our own. The energy from this longer chanting is a great way to boost and revitalise our practice each month, to reflect on the month that has passed and resolve to benefit others with our thoughts, words and actions in the coming month.


Sunday 5th May - Sunday Practice at 1pm


Sunday 12th May - Izu Exile Commemoration Service at 1pm

Nichiren Shōnin submitted his treatise entitled Risshō Ankoku-ron (Treatise on Spreading Peace Throughout the Country by Establishing the True Dharma) to the Kamakura Shogunate on 16th July, 1260. 

On 12th May 1261, without any investigation, the government exiled to Ito, on Izu Peninsula. He left Kamakura in a small boat in the morning of 12th May, with only a few officers guarding him. However, the boat drifted from its course towards Ito harbour, and ended up in Kawana harbour nearby. The boat couldn’t reach the shore, so the guards left Nichiren Shōnin on an offshore rock. Miraculously, he was saved by a fisherman named Funamori Yasaburo. Since that time, Yasaburo and his wife became very dedicated followers of Nichiren Shōnin and believers in the Lotus Sutra. A temple was later built where their house once resided. 

On Sunday 12th May we will hold a special ceremony to remember this event and think of Nichiren Shōnin.


Sunday 19th May - Sunday Practice at 1pm


​Sunday 26th May - Sunday Practice at 1pm followed by Lotus Sutra Study

Schedule of Events : April - May 2019