Nichiren Shoshu

Myoshinji Temple

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Why Do Shakubuku?

Have you read the papers lately? Listened to the latest news or been subjected to irate drivers on the road? It seems that we are headed more and more towards a violent society because people just don't know how to live peacefully. Is it karma or is it that the time is right for us to develop compassion in our practice and share the great benefits of this Gohonzon with others?

What if everyone who practices this True Buddhism shared this practice with one other person? What if we were working together to attain the goals of Myoshinji Temple and our High Priest to shakubuku one person each year? If only 95 people did shakubuku this year and we continued doubling by each person doing one shakubuku each year, in just four years we would have 1,425 new members at Myoshinji--far exceeding our goal of 420 to increase our membership by 50% by 2015. Isn't it amazing what one shakubuku each year can accomplish? Not to mention the great benefit from watching someone change their life. How about the wonderful experience and change you undergo from working towards the great objective of Kosen rufu?

We tend to think that our small contributions don't mean much, but as you can see, one by one we can change the world. Retired Honored High Priest Nikken Shonin says the way to accomplish shakubuku is to develop a compassionate mind through our own practice of daily Gongyo and Daimoku. Let's work together this year to help our friends and family understand the great joy of chanting, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

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