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Rissho Kosei-kai Marks Anniversary of Buddha's Entrance into Nirvana

February 2016

On February 15 Rissho Kosei-kai members observed the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha's entrance into nirvana, in the Great Sacred Hall at the organization's headquarters in Tokyo as well as at all Dharma centers across Japan.On February 15 Rissho Kosei-kai members observed the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha's entrance into nirvana, in the Great Sacred Hall at the organization's headquarters in Tokyo as well as at all Dharma centers across Japan. Some 3,200 members gathered in the Great Sacred Hall to learn about the significance of the Buddha's entrance into nirvana and rededicate themselves to spreading his teachings.

The event in the Great Sacred Hall began with a recorded reading of an account of the Buddha's entrance into nirvana. Then 18 young women members from the Central Division in Tokyo made offerings at the altar before the image of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni as the Kosei Choir sang a hymn.

After that, President-designate Kosho Niwano led the assembly in sutra chanting and recited a prayer of devotion to the Buddha, composed by President Nichiko Niwano. Then Rev. Masahiro Nodagashira, minister of the Maizuru Dharma Center in Kyoto, gave testimony to his faith. He said that he had been saved by devoting himself to practicing the Buddha's teachings after inheriting the faith from his mother. He introduced members of his Dharma center who he said share their joy and sadness while walking the way of the teachings with compassion. He talked about his own days of diligently disseminating the teachings with fellow members and their wish to disseminate widely as a way of contributing to world peace. He vowed to deepen his bonds with all members to encourage them to center their lives on their Buddhist home altars.

Then President Niwano delivered a Dharma talk, in which he quoted the Zen master Dogen, the founder of the Soto Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism: "The most important matter for a Buddhist is to be completely clear about the meaning of birth and the meaning of death." President Niwano said that upon recognizing the importance of clearly understanding the meaning of life and death, it is important for members to base their lives on the teaching "Make the self your light, make the Dharma your light," which were the Buddha's last words before entering nirvana. President Niwano said abiding by that teaching makes the Buddha a permanent part of believers' lives. He went on to say said that the human body is composed of about 60 trillion cells and that all the cells exist in harmony and repeat the cycle of extinction and rebirth. He concluded by saying that the Buddha teaches everyone to become the kind of person who contributes to world peace by living in harmony with others.

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