The articles on this page are meant to be very practical. They are not about theory or doctrine or other abstractions but about the very practical question of how to actually put Buddhism into practice.

1. Nichiren Shu Daily Service - links to the different elements of the daily service.

2. Nichiren Shu Daily Practice (How to use the Nichiren Shu Service Book) - This article discusses the different elements of Nichiren Shu’s daily practice as they appear in the book Dharma: Nichiren Shu Service Book.

3. Chanting as Prayer and Illumination - This article addresses the question many people have about the appropriateness of chanting about particular problems or goals.

4. Does Buddhism Work? - This article also deals with the question of the practical benefits of Buddhist practice.

5. Basic Meditation Instruction - This article provides instruction on the most basic form of silent sitting meditation taught in Buddhism and also how this applies to the chanting of Odaimoku.

6. Passages on Tranquility and Insight Meditation Practice - passages and excerpts from the the writings of Nichiren Shonin and T’ien-t’ai Chih-i relating to the practice of meditation.

7. Shodaigyo Meditation - This is a version of the Shodaigyo style of practice used in Nichiren Shu that incorporates periods of silent sitting as a frame or setting for the jewel of Odaimoku practice.

8. Loving-Kindness Cultivation (Metta Bhavana) - This article provides instruction on how to cultivate loving-kindness in the context of Odaimoku practice. It is the first of four monthly talks that I gave at the San Jose Nichiren Buddhist Temple back in 2006.

9. Compassion Cultivation (Karuna Bhavana) – This article deals with compassion and is the second talk of the four given in 2006.

10. Sympathetic Joy (Mudita Bhavana) – This article deals with sympathetic joy and is the third talk of the four given in 2006.

11. Equanimity (Upeksha Bhavana) – This article deals with equanimity and is the fourth and final talk of the four given in 2006.

12. Odaimoku as a Hua-T’ou (Source of Words)

13. Nam’ or Namu? Does it really matter?

14. Ryuei’s Buddhist Study Program – Here is what you should be reading if you want to study the Dharma in the context of practice.

15. San Jose Nichiren Buddhist Temple – the address, contact info, and updated schedule of the San Jose Temple.