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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Reidan Service

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Reidan Service

You must wear a mask and distance at the Temple.

Reidan Service uses a special Liturgy Book. This book is available from our website and is also contained within Morning & Evening Service available on Lulu.com .
Reidan services are held once a month. Reidan is a esoteric (metaphysical) Buddhist practice. The Chinese character for Rei translates as spirit. Dan translates as decision or judgement. It is a expedient means that many Nichiren Buddhist practice and benefit from. It is often referred to as cross Buddhism. The symbol is a lotus flower with two intersecting lines within. The lines of the cross represent heaven (vertical line) and human beings (horizontal line). The heavenly realm and human realm are together. This is the Buddha's pure land. This is shown within the Lotus Sutra in chapter 16.

Ga shi do an non, ten nin jo ju man
In reality this world of mine is peaceful, it is filled with gods and men,

Those who practice Reidan wear an O-fuda (amulet) of the Gushoreijin and chant the sacred title, Namu Myoho Renge Kyo.
According to the Kegon Sutra (Flower Garland Sutra), when one is born two deities are born with you on your shoulders. These deities are called : Dosho Ten (same birth) and Domyo Ten (same name).
You may think of these as your own guardian angels or your own divine nature. In the Yakushi Sutra (Medicine Buddha Sutra) these deities are referred to as the Kushojin. We refer to these two deities as the Gushoreijin (goo show ray gin). Once a month at the reidan service those who wear the Gushoreijin-fu, replace their old amulet with a new one. The monthly service allows us to deeply reaffirm are practice and vows as followers of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Shonin. The amulet is a daily reminder of our Bodhisattva practice.
Through the practice and study of reidan principles we see consciousness and the mind in a different way. The founder of our order Nichiren Shonin, would tell us that when we chant, we are Buddhas. We can gain understanding into our past, our present and our future. Concepts of the Sandaihiho (Three Great Secreat Dharmas) and Ichinen Sanzen (3000 moments in one thought) are studied along with Kushiki (nine consciousness theory) and other Buddhist doctrine.
"When the sky is blue, the land is bright, so those who know the Lotus Sutra can see the reasons for occurrences in the world. For those who are incapable of understanding the truth of the 3,000 existences contained in one thought, Lord Sakyamuni Buddha, with his great compassion, wraps this jewel with the five characters of myo, ho, ren, ge and kyo and hangs it around the neck of the ignorant in the latter age of degeneration. The four great bodhisattvas will protect such people, just as T’ai-kung-wang and the Duke of Chou assisted the young ruler, King Chen, of the Chou dynasty, or the four elders of the Shang-shan attended child Emperor Hui of the Han dynasty in ancient China."

quote above from Nichiren Shonin's writing Kanjin Honzon Sho
Learn more by joining the Reidan service and/or speaking with Ryuoh Faulconer Shonin.

www.kosen-ji.org

Online Reidan Service

Online event

Reidan Service

* This is a Broadcast Service.

Reidan Service uses a special Liturgy Book. This book is available from our website and is also contained within Morning & Evening Service available on Lulu.com .
Reidan services are held once a month. Reidan is a esoteric (metaphysical) Buddhist practice. The Chinese character for Rei translates as spirit. Dan translates as decision or judgement. It is a expedient means that many Nichiren Buddhist practice and benefit from. It is often referred to as cross Buddhism. The symbol is a lotus flower with two intersecting lines within. The lines of the cross represent heaven (vertical line) and human beings (horizontal line). The heavenly realm and human realm are together. This is the Buddha's pure land. This is shown within the Lotus Sutra in chapter 16.

Ga shi do an non, ten nin jo ju man
In reality this world of mine is peaceful, it is filled with gods and men,

Those who practice Reidan wear an O-fuda (amulet) of the Gushoreijin and chant the sacred title, Namu Myoho Renge Kyo.
According to the Kegon Sutra (Flower Garland Sutra), when one is born two deities are born with you on your shoulders. These deities are called : Dosho Ten (same birth) and Domyo Ten (same name).

You may think of these as your own guardian angels or your own divine nature. In the Yakushi Sutra (Medicine Buddha Sutra) these deities are referred to as the Kushojin. We refer to these two deities as the Gushoreijin (goo show ray gin). Once a month at the reidan service those who wear the Gushoreijin-fu, replace their old amulet with a new one. The monthly service allows us to deeply reaffirm are practice and vows as followers of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Shonin. The amulet is a daily reminder of our Bodhisattva practice.
Through the practice and study of reidan principles we see consciousness and the mind in a different way. The founder of our order Nichiren Shonin, would tell us that when we chant, we are Buddhas. We can gain understanding into our past, our present and our future. Concepts of the Sandaihiho (Three Great Secreat Dharmas) and Ichinen Sanzen (3000 moments in one thought) are studied along with Kushiki (nine consciousness theory) and other Buddhist doctrine.
"When the sky is blue, the land is bright, so those who know the Lotus Sutra can see the reasons for occurrences in the world. For those who are incapable of understanding the truth of the 3,000 existences contained in one thought, Lord Sakyamuni Buddha, with his great compassion, wraps this jewel with the five characters of myo, ho, ren, ge and kyo and hangs it around the neck of the ignorant in the latter age of degeneration. The four great bodhisattvas will protect such people, just as T’ai-kung-wang and the Duke of Chou assisted the young ruler, King Chen, of the Chou dynasty, or the four elders of the Shang-shan attended child Emperor Hui of the Han dynasty in ancient China."

quote above from Nichiren Shonin's writing Kanjin Honzon Sho
Learn more by joining the Reidan service and/or speaking with Ryuoh Faulconer Shonin.

www.kosen-ji.org

Sangha Social Hour at the Temple

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Wednesdays before Shodaigyo I alternate between having an "open house" for Sangha and friends. All are welcome to come by this virtual space to share some community with like-minded people. Feel free to bring questions, or just hang out!

We are opening the Temple with limited attendance. The number includes teachers. Please RSVP in advanced. Once the seats are full we cannot allow anyone else in to the Temple. All those coming to the Temple agree to wear masks and distance from others. Thank you for your understanding. There is also a ZOOM online meeting, please RSVP in the ZOOM meeting if you are going to attend virtually.

Online Sangha Social Hour

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Due to COVID-19 this event will be moving online to Zoom until further notice.

Wednesdays before Shodaigyo I alternate between having an "open house" for Sangha and friends. All are welcome to come by this virtual space to share some community with like-minded people. Feel free to bring questions, or just hang out!

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Online Morning Service (Beginner Service)

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