The purpose of practicing Buddhism is to awaken our ultimate potential life condition, Buddhahood, or enlightenment that is inherent in all living beings. We gain the benefit of increased wisdom, the ability to overcome our difficulties and suffering as well as developing a fortunate and happy daily life. We also practice with the goal of creating a peaceful society.
The Honmon Butsuryū-shū (本門佛立宗) is a branch of Nichiren Buddhism founded by Nagamatsu Nissen (長松 日扇; 1817–1890) in 1857 and is regarded as the first lay movement devoted to the Lotus Sutra and the teachings of Master Nichiren Daishonin. HBS introduced a priesthood in 1947 and are therefore sometimes also referred to as a traditional or orthodox Nichiren school.
Honmon Butsuryu Shu members practice in the tradition of Nichiren’s disciple Daikoku Ajari Nichiro (1245-1320) and consider Keirin-bo Nichiryu Daishonin (慶林坊日隆, 1385-1464) to be the second greatest leader of our school. Our teachings and practice are fundamentally based in the “Honmon” (8 chapters) of the Lotus Sutra. Our head temple is the Yūsei-ji located in Kyoto.
The Arizona Sangha enjoys support from the HBS global community, Priesthood and HBS Buddhist centers. We offer an opportunity to those seeking to develop a daily practice based on Faith through manifested evidence. Members will have a unique opportunity to come in contact with this fine Dharma and begin establishing a personal practice based on the teachings Shakyamuni preached exclusively during the last 10 years of his life. These teaches are considered by him his highest (or unsurpassed) teachings and found in the Lotus Sutra.
We hold weekly OKO services and periodically host visiting HBS Priests from all over the world. We also offer virtual sessions to our OKO services and study groups -both here and with our California mission. In addition, we also schedule community based activities such as volunteer work, nature hikes or trips to our California mission, our temples in Brazil, Sri Lanka or Japan.
"Amber draws dust, and a
magnet attracts iron particles; here our
evil karma is like the dust or iron, and
the daimoku of the Lotus Sutra is like
the amber or the magnet. If we consider
these we should always chant Nam-myohorenge-
kyo." - Nichiren Daishonin
We live in the "saha' world (world of suffering and endurance). No matter your circumstances you can find true happiness and enlightenment in this moment (Ichinan Sanzen), in this life ...and secure it for your future lives.