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Rissho Kosei-kai Members Celebrates Shakyamuni's Birthday

April 2017

On April 8, Rissho Kosei-kai celebrated the anniversary of the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha at the Great Sacred Hall in the headquarters complex in Tokyo and at all Dharma centers throughout Japan.

At the gathering of some 4,000 members in the Great Sacred Hall, President-designate Kosho Niwano led the sutra recitation. She then read out a pledge of dedication to the Buddha composed by President Nichiko Niwano and poured sweet hydrangea tea over an image of the infant Buddha set in a small pagoda decorated with flowers on the hall's platform.

Next, a boy and girl representing all members' children aged five, recited words of praise for Shakyamuni Buddha, and 17 Kosei Nursery School children performed a dance.

Then one member testified to the faith, and President Niwano poured sweet tea over the infant Buddha and gave a Dharma talk.

President Niwano emphasized that we were born in this world thanks to our parents, and have inherited life from all our ancestors. Our life is therefore most precious and indispensable. It is important for all of us to lead our lives with the appreciation of the preciousness of life.

Furthermore, he pointed out that keeping the posture of being free from self-centeredness in our daily lives and respecting one another by bowing to each other's buddha-nature with our palms joined together, is to live with the teaching of the reality of all things, one of the core principles taught in the Lotus Sutra.

After the ceremony, 96 children in traditional Japanese costume walked in procession from the Great Sacred Hall to the Precious Stupa of the One Vehicle, built in memory of Rissho Kosei-kai's founder Nikkyo Niwano, and poured sweet tea over an image of the infant Buddha set in a small pagoda before the stupa.

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