January 2015 District Calendars
Calendars for local districts
Members and guests meet in groups on an average around four times a month.
In the first week following the World Peace Meeting, we study a Gosho passage. Gosho is a collection of Nichiren Daishonin’s writings to his followers. President Ikeda’s lecture on the Gosho helps us understand the significance of this writing in our daily lives. We try to apply the Buddhist teachings in our daily lives. This is the main purpose of our Buddhist study – to apply the eternal wisdom in stories from 13th century Japan in our busy interconnected lives in the 21st century.
In the second week we usually chant Nam myoho Renge Kyo together for unity, happiness, peace and our personal goals. Chanting is like Buddhist Meditation. There is a slight difference though. While chanting we keep our eyes open and focus our attention on the Gohonzon. The Gohonzon is like a mirror which helps us to reflect and polish our lives. We chant with a strong determined voice in vigorous rhythm like that of a galloping horse.
The district discussion meeting takes place in the third week of the month. We start the meeting with Gongyo that consists of reciting the 2nd and 16th chapters of the Lotus Sutra. This is followed by chanting daimoku which is equivalent to a buddhist mediation. The youth read excerpts of encouragement from Nichiren Daishonin and President Ikeda. We have an icebreaker or a fun game to start of the meeting. Buddhist meetings are participative by nature. There are cultural presentations, stories of personal victories and challenges. We break into a discussion which is centered around 1 or 2 burning questions relevant in modern life. The moderator encourages everyone to share their point of view drawing reference to articles published in Living Buddhism and World Tribune.
In the fourth week we reconvene to chant together, share highlights of the month, plan for next months activities.