What we're about

Discover Nichiren Shu Buddhism--a form of Buddhist practice based on the Lotus Sutra and the teachings of 13th century monk Nichiren Shonin. Ours is a Mahayana Buddhist school with an unbroken lineage extending back to the 13th century. We have rich traditions and rituals and offer services in both shindoku (faith language) and English. We also offer study of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Shonin's writings, shakyo (sutra copying) and sutra chanting practices. We are known as the noisy Buddhists because of our use of drums and bells when we chant.

This path is the way to calm your mind and open your heart and mind to the reality of all things--as they are. You will discover your true self and how to best show up in the world. This is a proven way to master your mind instead of letting your mind be your master.

EVERYONE is welcome, no experience necessary. Just bring an open mind, a willingness to ask questions and check out what we have to offer.

We use several ways to get the word out for our Sangha, so the "Who's coming?" RSVP may not reflect the actual number of people who attend our services.

Learn more at our website: http://www.nichiren-shu.org/Houston

Upcoming events (5+)

Goibun Study - Writings of Nichiren Shonin

This month, we begin our study of Nichiren Shonin's writings. Specific writing TBA. Please read the letter at your earliest convenience so that our study will be meaningful. The volume may be purchased from Amazon or you may wish to partner with someone to share the text. The study plan is to eventually work our way through all of Nichiren Shonin's writings as a means of developing faith and understanding the teachings of the Lotus Sutra.

Shodaigyo Meditation

Contrary to popular belief, meditation is not just a silent practice. Chanting sutras is also considered a form of meditation. The primary meditation service in Nichiren Shu is known as Shodaigyo. "Shodai" literally means chanting Odaimoku (the sacred title of the Lotus Sutra) and "gyo" is practice. This service combines periods of silent meditation with chanting. This is a very different practice from sutra chanting services (daily service). Come join us for an unusual experience of chanting and drumming. Further information is available at www.nichiren-shu.org/Houston.

Dharma Talk, Duncan Ryuken Williams, author “American Sutra”

Dharma talk by Dr. Duncan Ryūken Williams, Sensei, an ordained Buddhist Priest and scholar. In his new book, American Sutra, Dr. Williams reveals the little-known story of how, in the darkest hours of World War II when Japanese Americans were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, a community of Buddhists launched one of the most inspiring defenses of religious freedom in our nation’s history, insisting that they could be both Buddhist and American. George Takei, actor and activist, speaks of the importance of the book in this interview. https://youtu.be/8AYv2uCvKD8 Dr. Duncan Williams, a professor of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California, calls the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II “a totallistic ethnic cleansing of the West Coast.” “It’s a judgment without trial; it’s an imprisonment without due process,” he says. Dr. Williams, who received his Ph.D. in religion at Harvard, has been traveling across America speaking about his new book, “American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War.” He has made a close and long-term study of the practice of Buddhism in Japanese internment camps during World War II. Two-thirds of the approximately 120,000 people forcibly relocated to these camps were practicing Buddhists. “Buddhist priests as a category were seen by the U.S. government at that time as a threat to national security,” Williams says. Using recently declassified government documents, Williams was able to explore how Japanese-Buddhist priests were targeted for arrest directly after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. “How did something called American-Buddhism get created in the midst of war, behind barbed wire, in the crucible of this very difficult time?” In “American Sutra,” Williams uses documents, diaries, and interviews to answer this question. He argues that from within these internment camps, Buddhist families who seemingly lost everything stood up for religious freedom, a fundamental American ideal.

Shodaigyo Meditation

Contrary to popular belief, meditation is not just a silent practice. Chanting sutras is also considered a form of meditation. The primary meditation service in Nichiren Shu is known as Shodaigyo. "Shodai" literally means chanting Odaimoku (the sacred title of the Lotus Sutra) and "gyo" is practice. This service combines periods of silent meditation with chanting. This is a very different practice from sutra chanting services (daily service). Come join us for an unusual experience of chanting and drumming. Further information is available at www.nichiren-shu.org/Houston.

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Shodaigyo Meditation

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