What we're about

We are the Nichiren Shu Buddhist Sangha of Greater New England, (Shingo - Zan Kosen - Ji) a temple located in Haverhill, MA. Nichiren Shu Buddhism came to the U.S. with Japanese immigrants over 100 years ago and is now very accessible here in New England with services conducted in English.

We offer a form of Buddhist practice based on the Lotus Sutra and the teachings of the 12th century monk Nichiren Shonin. While there are nearly 40 Nichiren based schools, we are the orthodox school practicing Mahayana Buddhism based on the Lotus Sutra. We have rich traditions and rituals and offer services in both shindoku (faith language) as well as English.

We also offer meditation, study of the Lotus Sutra, study of Nichiren Shonin's writings and sutra chanting practices. We are known as the noisy Buddhists because of our intense, percussive manner of chanting. All are welcome, no experience necessary--come join our weekly services. We use several ways to get the word out for our Sangha. Because of this, the "Who's coming?" RSVP may not reflect the actual number of people attending. If you are new to Buddhism, you can watch a typical service on our Youtube page. We also suggest you attend our slow chanting service on Sundays, to learn more about the practice of Buddhism and to answer any questions you have about various forms of Buddhism.

Visit our official website here: www.kosen-ji.org You can also learn more about Nichiren Shu and our temples around the world here: http://www.nichiren-shu.org

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In person Recovery Dharma Meeting

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Recovery Dharma
Kosen-Ji hosts recovery Dharma meetings for the Haverhill, Merrimack Valley area.

Recovery Dharma is a peer-led movement and community that is unified by the potential in each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We believe that recovery means empowerment, and we support each other as partners walking the path of recovery together. Our program uses the Buddhist practices and principles of meditation, self inquiry, wisdom, compassion, and community as tools for recovery and healing. Recovery Dharma welcomes anyone who is looking to heal from addiction and addictive behavior, whether it’s caused by substance use or process addictions like codependency, gambling, eating disorders, relationships, technology or any obsessive or habitual pattern that creates suffering.

Our meetings are currently open for online & in-person. Masks are required!

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For other online meetings please see the Recovery Dharma website.

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www.recoverydharma.org

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Click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82121763424?pwd=em9hVStzUTFic2ZKZk0vNUQ5THYvdz09 to start or join a scheduled Zoom meeting

Online Morning Service

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Everyone is always welcome!

During our morning service, we chant portions of the Lotus Sutra as well as it's scared title the Odaimoku "Namu Myoho Renge Kyo". This service is a version of the normal daily service practiced by Nichiren Shu members. The chanting in this service is done at a "fast" speed that might be intimidating to start, but it is a beautiful and worthwhile practice. Beginners may find it difficult at first but, with practice, they will be able to keep up and eventually add their voice to the Sangha.

We chant chapters and sections from the Lotus Sutra, such as Chapter 1, 2, 12, 16, 21, and 25 each morning. Service usually lasts about one hour. Service begins 5 minutes after scheduled time.

*The chapters from the Lotus Sutra are read in the traditional way (Chinese Characters with Japanese pronunciation) called "Shindoku". Shindoku is a form of faith reading and is a meditation in itself. It is not necessary to understand academically while chanting in Shindoku as it is a form of meditation practice. Study classes are held once a month for understanding the teachings of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Shonin’s writings in English.

A Dharma talk is held after service on Saturday. There is always time for questions before service starts (doors are open 1/2 hour before service) or after service is over during coffee/tea time.

www.kosen-ji.org

SOME COPIES OF THE ROMANIZED LOTUS SUTRA AND MORNING & EVENING SERVICE ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TEMPLE TO BORROW FOR SERVICE.

We encourage practitioners to get their own copy of either the Romanized Lotus Sutra or a Yohon (Selected Writings of the Lotus Sutra) for performing service with us. Most liturgy books only have a couple of readings of the Lotus Sutra (2 and 16 are most common). Our Temple usually chants a large section of Yohon. You should also have a liturgy book with the parts of our liturgy. Morning & Evening Service contains the liturgy that we use at our Temple. Other Nichiren Shu Liturgy books would work as well. If you have questions about liturgy please email Ryuoh Shonin ([masked]).

Some copies are available for purchase at the Temple. We do take credit cards.

Romanized Lotus Sutra is available at Lulu.com
< http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/NichirenSangha >
Yohon is available at NBIC
< http://www.nichiren-shu.org>
Morning & Evening Service
< http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/NichirenSangha >

WE ARE LOCATED ON THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE LANDMARK BLDG.
SUITE 10B

Broadcast Service [masked]

Morning Service

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Everyone is always welcome!
There is also a ZOOM online meeting, please RSVP in the ZOOM meeting if you are going to attend virtually.

During our morning service, we chant portions of the Lotus Sutra as well as it's scared title the Odaimoku "Namu Myoho Renge Kyo". This service is a version of the normal daily service practiced by Nichiren Shu members. The chanting in this service is done at a "fast" speed that might be intimidating to start, but it is a beautiful and worthwhile practice. Beginners may find it difficult at first but, with practice, they will be able to keep up and eventually add their voice to the Sangha.

We chant chapters and sections from the Lotus Sutra, such as Chapter 1, 2, 12, 16, 21, and 25 each morning. Service usually lasts about one hour. Service begins 5 minutes after scheduled time.
*The chapters from the Lotus Sutra are read in the traditional way (Chinese Characters with Japanese pronunciation) called "Shindoku". Shindoku is a form of faith reading and is a meditation in itself. It is not necessary to understand academically while chanting in Shindoku as it is a form of meditation practice. Study classes are held once a month for understanding the teachings of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Shonin’s writings in English.

A Dharma talk is held after service on Saturday. There is always time for questions before service starts (doors are open 1/2 hour before service) or after service is over during coffee/tea time.

www.kosen-ji.org

SOME COPIES OF THE ROMANIZED LOTUS SUTRA AND MORNING & EVENING SERVICE ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TEMPLE TO BORROW FOR SERVICE.

We encourage practitioners to get their own copy of either the Romanized Lotus Sutra or a Yohon (Selected Writings of the Lotus Sutra) for performing service with us. Most liturgy books only have a couple of readings of the Lotus Sutra (2 and 16 are most common). Our Temple usually chants a large section of Yohon. You should also have a liturgy book with the parts of our liturgy. Morning & Evening Service contains the liturgy that we use at our Temple. Other Nichiren Shu Liturgy books would work as well. If you have questions about liturgy please email Ryuoh Shonin ([masked]).

Some copies are available for purchase at the Temple. We do take credit cards.

Romanized Lotus Sutra is available at Lulu.com
< http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/NichirenSangha >
Yohon is available at NBIC
< http://www.nichiren-shu.org>
Morning & Evening Service
< http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/NichirenSangha >

WE ARE LOCATED ON THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE LANDMARK BLDG.
SUITE 10B

Shami & Lay Leader intensive training

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This is a training for lay leaders and shami (novice ministers) only. If you would be interested in becoming a lay leader please talk to Ryuoh Shonin.
To attend this event, we ask that you be a lay leader of our Sangha or a Shami. If you have any questions please contact Ryuoh Shonin.
For those who wish to attend this event, please RSVP to the event. This event will happen the second Saturday of each month.

Past events (3,618)

In Person and Online Shodaigyo Meditation

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