Buddhist Concepts

Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime

From the 2014 Introduction to Buddhism Exam Guide  The purpose of Buddhist faith and practice is to achieve the life state of a Buddha. By chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to the Gohonzon with…

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Buddhist Compassion

“The essence of Buddhism is compassion. We, too, need to have compassion but, being ordinary mortals, the reality is that it is quite difficult for us. Courage substitutes for compassion….

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Buddhist Concepts

Changing Poison Into Medicine

“What is the poison? It is the three paths of earthly desires, karma, and suffering that are our lot. What is the medicine? It is the Dharma body, wisdom, and…

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Buddhist Concepts

Faith Equals Daily Life

The purpose of religion should be to enable people to lead happy, fulfilling lives. Buddhism exists for this very reason. While many tend to view Buddhism as a reclusive practice…

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Gongyo

The Japanese word gongyo literally means “assiduous practice.” In the practice of Nichiren Buddhism it means reciting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and portions of the second chapter “Expedient Means” and the sixteenth “Life…

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