Basic Practices of Faith
The core of Rissho Kosei-kai members’ practice is revering buddha nature, that is, to paying homage to and revering all living beings.
This practice is oriented in two directions: toward ourselves, and toward others. Revering our own buddha nature means that we look directly at buddha nature within ourselves through self-reflection to achieve an awareness of our oneness with the Eternal Buddha. Revering the buddha nature of others means that we view all people with reverence, seeing them as manifestations of the Buddha.
The practice of revering buddha nature means always looking beyond the superficial characteristics of ourselves and others. This enables us to help ourselves and other people manifest our inherent buddha nature while we discover the workings of Life itself within all things.
All of Rissho Kosei-kai’s practices are for the purpose of revealing buddha nature within all living beings. Revealing buddha nature is the basis of all forms of Buddhist spiritual discipline and the major purpose of the bodhisattva way.
We call the foundational practices that deepen our faith “basic practices of the faith.” They are “basic” in this sense that they are the fundamental practices we intend to master as Buddhists. Rissho Kosei-kai’s basic practices are reciting the Lotus Sutra, sharing the teachings, participating in Dharma circles, and learning the Dharma.