The San Jose Nichiren Buddhist Temple

3570 Mona Way

San Jose, CA 95130.

Phone (408) 246-0111

sanjosenichiren@yahoo.co.jp

 

Lotus in a Sea of Flames – the novelization of Nichiren’s life and teachings is now available. If you wish to purchase a copy please send a check for $31 (this includes shipping and handling) made out to the San Jose Nichiren Buddhist Temple to the above address. The book is a large sized trade paperback of 564 pages. It includes a glossary, sources, notes explaining sources of information for each chapter, and illustrations.

 

Schedule of Events

(all events start at 10 am unless stated otherwise):

 

July 3 – No Service

 

July 10 - Sunday Service

A Buddhist service is the basic daily practice of Nichiren Buddhism, the centerpiece of which is the recitation of Odaimoku and whose supporting practices include the recitation of passages from chapter 2 and 16 of the Lotus Sūtra. The daily service (that can also be done at home) can be found here.

 

July 17 - Obon Service – Service for Ancestors and Departed.

 

July 24 Shodaigyo meditation. This is a practice involving a period of silent sitting, a longer period of Odaimoku chanting to the rhythm of a taiko drum, and another short period of silent sitting. It is explained in more detail here

Following the service one can participate in either the study class or shabutsu practice. We are currently studying the Kanjin Honzon-shō. Specifically the chapter Life and Teachings of Śākyamuni Buddha.

Alternatively, Shabutsu Practice will also be offered. Shabutsu is the devotional and contemplative practice of drawing of Buddhist images. The temple will provide copying paper, pens, brushes, and sumi ink. No prior art experience is necessarily. One may also practice Shakyō, the copying of passages from the Lotus Sūtra.

 

July 31 – No Service

 

August 7 - Meditation

We begin with some stretching exercises and then do about 20 minutes of silent meditation (as per the tranquility and insight practices taught by T’ien-t’ai Chih-i) followed by some silent walking meditation. Instructions for this can be found here. After this we adjourn to the dining hall for a Buddhist temple style breakfast (rice porridge, takuan, miso soup).

 

August 14 - Sunday Service

A Buddhist service is the basic daily practice of Nichiren Buddhism, the centerpiece of which is the recitation of Odaimoku and whose supporting practices include the recitation of passages from chapter 2 and 16 of the Lotus Sūtra. The daily service (that can also be done at home) can be found here.

Following the service one can participate in either the study class or shabutsu practice.

Alternatively, Shabutsu Practice will also be offered. Shabutsu is the devotional and contemplative practice of drawing of Buddhist images. The temple will provide copying paper, pens, brushes, and sumi ink. No prior art experience is necessarily. One may also practice Shakyō, the copying of passages from the Lotus Sūtra.

 

August 21 Shodaigyo meditation. This is a practice involving a period of silent sitting, a longer period of Odaimoku chanting to the rhythm of a taiko drum, and another short period of silent sitting. It is explained in more detail here

Following the service one can participate in either the study class or shabutsu practice. We are currently studying the Kanjin Honzon-shō. Specifically the chapter Life and Teachings of Śākyamuni Buddha.

Alternatively, Shabutsu Practice will also be offered. Shabutsu is the devotional and contemplative practice of drawing of Buddhist images. The temple will provide copying paper, pens, brushes, and sumi ink. No prior art experience is necessarily. One may also practice Shakyō, the copying of passages from the Lotus Sūtra.

 

August 28 - No Service

 

September 4 - No Service